By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- In the 1960’s, the United States private firearms stock was increasing. The number of police officers feloniously killed was also increasing. At the time, people might be forgiven if they thought there was a causal relationship. Now we have considerable more data. While the private firearms stock has continued to increase, the number of police feloniously killed has fallen from the highs in the early to mid 1970s, and has dropped to about the same level as the middle 1960s. 2013 had the lowest number of police feloniously killed since 1887.
The number of private firearms was obtained from the ATF and “Point Blank” by Gary Kleck, using Kleck’s method of calculating the numbers from ATF data, in this previous article.
The number of police feloniously killed was obtained from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), or in some cases, secondary sources quoting the FBI UCR data.
The number of privately own firearms does not correlate with the felonious killing of police.
Hypothetical reasons postulated for a negative or positive correlation are abundant.
“More Guns, More Crime”
“More Guns, Less Crime”
“Guns Foster Responsibility”
“Guns Foster Irresponsibility”
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