Violent crime decreased as gun ownership rose


I read with a mixture of amusement and disbelief Frank Wessling’s Feb. 3 column in The Catholic Messenger on gun ownership. Wessling advises us to write to our congressmen and demand stricter gun control laws. His rationale is that fewer guns will reduce homicide. The opposite is true.

FBI statistics show that violent crime decreased 5.3 percent in 2009 and 6.2 percent in the first half of 2010. These statistics mirror the increase of gun ownership by law abiding Americans in the last two years.

If Wessling was serious about reducing murder, he would weekly condemn the 55 million babies dead from abortion in our nation. He would implore us to write Tom Harkin, a Catholic (?) senator from Iowa who consistently votes pro-death.

Tony Humeston



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