From my latest NRA-ILA newsletter:
"Anyone needing proof that fanaticism for gun control hasn't waned on Capitol Hill, that anti-gunners are -- as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) put it last year -- only waiting to "pick the time," should watch the video of Mexican president Felipe Calderon's speech to Congress last week, versions of which have been posted on youtube.com. When Calderon asked that the federal "assault weapon" ban be re-imposed, a very large number of U.S. Representatives and Senators present gave him a standing ovation.
However, on Monday the FBI released crime statistics that should cause the applauding anti-gunners to sit on their hands. The statistics indicate that between 2008 and 2009, as gun sales soared, the number of murders in our country decreased 7.2 percent. That amounts to about an 8.2 percent decrease in the per capita murder rate, after the increase in our nation's legal and illegal population is taken into account. And it translates into about a 10.5 percent decrease in the murder rate between 2004, when the ban expired, and the end of 2009. And finally, it means that in 2009 our nation's murder rate fell to a 45-year low."
I would further add that murder typically increases dramatically when the economic conditions decline. The fact that the opposite has occurred would further add to the argument for guns. I guess the fear of Obama's back door workings, particularly with international and UN agencies, to restrict guns in America have hastened U.S. Citizens to exercise their second amendment rights by purchasing more firearms over the last year as Obama was coming into office. An armed society tends to be a more polite society, indeed!
At least this is one good thing that can be attributed to Obama, as the murder rate has gone down as our citizens have armed themselves, even if this was not Obama's intention.