Assault Weapons Ban: The Numbers

In 2004 an assault weapons ban for ten years expired. Did violent crime go up? The chart below speaks volumes I think. No not all of this is related to the assault ban, in fact I suspect it had little to do with it. It is important though because proponents of these bans and controls always say that crime goes up when gun laws are relaxed. Usually during recessions crime does go up. You also must remember that we also have almost 20 million more people so the fall is even greater on a per capita basis.

Population                                     Total                        Violent                 Property                    Murder         Rape               Robbery           Assault             Burglary                Theft                       Vehicle Theft

2004 293,656,842 11,679,474 1,360,088 10,319,386 16,148 95,089 401,470 847,381 2,144,446 6,937,089 1,237,851
2005 296,507,061 11,565,499 1,390,745 10,174,754 16,740 94,347 417,438 862,220 2,155,448 6,783,447 1,235,859
2006 299,398,484 11,401,511 1,418,043 9,983,568 17,030 92,757 447,403 860,853 2,183,746 6,607,013 1,192,809
2007 301,621,157 11,251,828 1,408,337 9,843,481 16,929 90,427 445,125 855,856 2,176,140 6,568,572 1,095,769
2008 304,374,846 11,160,543 1,392,628 9,767,915 16,442 90,479 443,574 842,134 2,228,474 6,588,046 958,629
2009 307,006,550 10,762,956 1,325,896 9,337,060 15,399 89,241 408,742 812,514 2,203,313 6,338,095 795,652
2010 309,330,219 10,363,873 1,251,248 9,112,625 14,772 85,593 369,089 781,844 2,168,457 6,204,601 739,565
2011 311,591,917 10,266,737 1,203,564 9,063,173 14,612 83,425 354,396 751,131 2,188,005 6,159,795 715,373
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