Gun sales are up in California and, contrary to what politicians and the media say, gun deaths and injuries in the State are down sharply.
Firearm dealers in California sold 600,000 guns in 2011, almost double the number sold in 2002. Over the same period of time, hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,900, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Health records from the State also indicate that there was an 11 percent drop in firearm-related fatalities, which fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800.
What is happening in California also appears to be playing out on a national scale.
The FBI reported a record number of background checks (16.5 million) were conducted in 2011 for individuals who were purchasing firearms. During the same year, FBI numbers showed a 4 percent decrease in violent crime throughout the Nation.
Gun control has become one of the Nation’s hottest topics following the tragic murders of elementary school students in Connecticut last month. President Barack Obama has vowed to use the full power of his office to make stricter gun laws during his second term, and a handful of liberal lawmakers are preparing bills that include draconian gun-control measures.