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Gun results are in: More guns sold mean fewer guns deaths, injuries

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Gun-related violent crime has also steadily fallen in Virginia over the past six years, though the sale of firearms has risen dramatically.

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NaturalNews) It isn’t a firearms statistic that liberal progressives and gun banners like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will want to hear but it’s true nonetheless: According to the most recent statistics, the more guns that have been sold in the Golden State, the fewer gun deaths and injuries there have been.

According to the state’s office of the Attorney General, gun dealers sold around 600,000 guns last year, nearly double the 350,000 sold in 2002, according to figures compiled by department officials.

During the same period of time, however, “the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries” fell by some 4,000 a year to roughly 2,900, a drop of about 25 percent, “according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

Meanwhile, the attorney general’s office said, the number of deaths from firearms fell from 3,200 a year to about 2,800, an 11 percent decline, according to California health department figures.

“Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime,” the paper said.

Gun-related violent crime has also steadily fallen in Virginia over the past six years, though the sale of firearms has risen dramatically, “according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The total number of guns bought in the Old Dominion climbed significantly – 73 percent – from 2006-2011. When you factor in the increase in state population, firearms sales per 100,000 residents rose 63 percent, still a substantial increase.

But higher numbers of guns has not translated into more violent gun crime. As in California, gun crime has fallen in Virginia, dropping 24 percent over the same period. When adjusted for the population increase, gun-related offenses fell by more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011 (Note: Virginia has much less restrictive carry laws than does California).

The numbers contradict what Americans are being told by the gun controllers and banners; that more guns in circulation equals more violent, gun-related crimes, notes Virginia Commonwealth University Prof. Thomas R. Baker, who compared the state’s crime data for the aforementioned timeframe with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Times-Dispatch.

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