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FBI: U.S. Violent Crime Down in 2011 with Fewer Murders, Rapes

Posted on the 19 December 2011 by Mikeb302000
I have to wonder if this trend might disappoint our gun loonz who now clearly have even less of an objective, rational, valid justification for having to keep their guns on their hips or in their armpits at every moment they go forth into the wide world, you know - 'just in case'.
From Reuters and MSNBC.com

FBI: U.S. violent crime down in 2011 with fewer murders, rapes 

FBI: U.S. violent crime down in 2011 with fewer murders, rapes updated 12/19/2011 10:05:14 AM ET WASHINGTON — Murders, rapes and other violent crimes dropped sharply in the United States in the first six months of 2011, continuing a downward trend that has lasted 4 1/2 years, the FBI reported on Monday.The federal law enforcement agency said preliminary January-through-June figures showed the number of violent crimes declined 6.4 percent from the previous year, led by a 5.7 percent drop in murders and a 5.1 percent decrease in rapes. In other violent crime categories, robberies declined 7.7 percent while aggravated assaults fell 5.9 percent.
The FBI's regular statistical report did not give any reasons for the lower crimes nationwide. But the latest numbers provided further evidence of no crime spike coinciding with the tough economic conditions and high unemployment.
The report is based on information from more than 12,500 police and other law enforcement agencies across the country.
Violent crimes went down about the same amount in all four regions of the country and decreased in big cities, smaller cities and rural areas.
Property crimes, such as burglary, larceny, theft and motor vehicle theft, also declined in the first half of the year, with burglaries down 2.2 percent, larceny and theft down 4.0 percent and stolen vehicles down 5.0 percent.
The separate arson category declined 8.6 percent in the first six months of the year, the FBI said.

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