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Barack Obama, The Nation’s Top Gun Salesman by The Elephant's Child

The FBI has just released their latest semi-annual crime report, which covers January to June of 2013.

Nationwide, forcible rape was down 10.6 percent, burglary was down 8.1 percent, murder was down 6.9 percent, and aggravated assault was down 6.6 percent from the previous period. Arson plunged a staggering 15.6 percent.

There was slight increase (0.6-percent ) in murders in cities with a population of 25,000-49,999, and a 2 percent rise in murders in cities with a population of 50,000-99,999. The number of murders plunged the deepest in cities with a population of more than 1 million citizens, which reported a 18.5 percent drop.

Overall, violent crime dropped 5.4 percent, with the largest drop in non-metropolitan areas, which saw a 10.5 drop in overall violent crime, and a 13 percent drop in murders.

The crime rate dropped significantly as firearm sales had a record-breaking year. The total number of background checks conducted for gun sales last year add up to 21,093,273, beating the 202012 record of 19,592,393 by over a million and a half. Unsurprisingly the greater efforts by President Obama to release executive actions on gun control, the more gun sales increased. States that implemented gun control measures also saw a significant increase in sales.

But violent crime dropped? How can this be? Blame the Butterfield Fallacy. Or blame John LottMore Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.

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