And the ones who aren't...are armed. Nice.
(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That's an increase of 36 percent. But we noticed the number of people wounded by gunfire is dropping.
California gun sales have steadily risen from 350,000 in 2002, to last year's record. Recently, some gun owners became worried that President Obama's reelection and the Newtown shooting will lead to more gun control. Military style weapons have become popular for target practice and self-defense.
Yet despite the rise in gun sales in California, there has not been a corresponding rise in gun deaths or gun injuries. Hospitalizations for gun injuries have actually dropped nearly 28 percent and gun deaths by 15 percent.
Gun sales go up; crime rates go down.
This isn't rocket science, kittens.
Here are the four most likely results of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
- The criminal realizes that crime really doesn't pay, and may even cost him his life, and decides to straighten himself out.
- The criminal attempts a robbery/rape/murder/assault/whatever and is stopped by a law-abiding gun owner.
- The criminal attempts a robbery/rape/murder/assault/whatever and is killed by a law-abiding gun owner.
- The criminal kills the law-abiding gun owner.
Notice that "the police show up in the nick of time and stop the robbery/rape/murder/assault/whatever" was not one of the choices. Police investigate crimes; they do not stop them.
Law-abiding gun owners do.