Guns Go Down in VirginiaBy Arkadi Gerney, Maggie Omero
In the most powerful gun lobby's home state, an extreme position on background checks may have cost a Republican candidate his race.
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#1 Nov 6, 2013
Looks like the DC cesspool has overflowed into Virginia. It will take a long time to get rid of that odor. They get the government they deserve. Good luck.
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#2 Nov 6, 2013
Virginia is a solid pro-gun state. If that new governor tries anything, he'll get crucified.
#3 Nov 6, 2013
yep, all the pro gun states top the crime and violence lists....bwhahahahhahahaa
The recently released FBI's crime statistics for 2012, once again show the American South dominating the list of states with the highest per capita homicide rates. Louisiana led the nation with a murder rate of 10.8 homicides per 100,000 population. Louisiana's Southern neighbor, Mississippi was second with a homicide rate of 7.4 per 100,000. Alabama (7.1), Michigan (7.0) and South Carolina (6.9) rounded out the top five most murderous U.S. states in 2012. Missouri (6.5), Tennessee (6.0), Georgia and Arkansas also ranked in the top ten states, with Georgia and Arkansas tying for 10th at 5.9 murders per 100,000.
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#4 Nov 6, 2013
"Government statistics are showing that Arizona crime rates are dramatically decreasing much more so than the nation overall. However, what is NOT reported is the reason WHY crime is dropping.…could it be Arizona’s strong pro-rights gun laws, which are the strongest in the nation in restoring what the Constitution had intended? Gun ownership skyrockets while violent crime drops.
"The study, commissioned by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council, also shows the state’s crime rate has fallen 38.5% since 2002, which is about twice the crime rate drop for the nation as a whole.
"Crime has dropped all across the country, but the decrease has been as fast or faster in Arizona. The rate of property crimes in the state, for example, has plummeted 43% since 1995, compared with 30% nationwide.
"Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says neither he nor the study can pinpoint why the crime rate has fallen so dramatically, but he suspects it’s a combination of factors. He points to the state’s human smuggling law, where there have been some prosecutions of both the “coyotes” and their human cargo; the employer sanctions law, which allows for sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants; Senate Bill 1070, the state’s immigration enforcement law which has been partially put on hold by a federal court; and the poor economy.
"I can pinpoint WHY the crime rate has fallen so dramatically, here’s a few:
* Citizens are allowed to OPEN CARRY firearms
* Since 1994, Concealed Weapon Permits have been available, these permits are currently valid in 37 states.
* Since 2010, Constitutional Carry – concealed carry without a permit
* Broadest definition of “Castle Doctrine” in the United States
* Self Defense situations are absolutely considered “innocent until proven guilty”
* No duty to retreat in any place you have the right to be
"…and many more laws that prohibit the government from infringing on our constitutional right to “keep and bear arms.”
"Simply put, when the population is adequately armed, the crime drops significantly. Adding to the bad news for gun control supporters, the District of Columbia and Chicago, the handgun bans of which were repealed following the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases in 2008 and 2010, experienced decreases in murder of eight percent and six percent, respectively."
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