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Texas Crime Statistics

Here I am in the middle of researching an article I hope to finish to post next week, when I see an article from 2010 regarding Crime statistics in Texas.  The headline read:

Less Murders, Violent Crime 15 Years after Concealed Carry

Since I was researching how concealed carry laws affect crime statistics – if at all – I stopped to read the article. Greg Googan, the author, mentions that then governor George W. Bush, signed concealed carry into law in 1995. Interesting, I would’ve thought Texas had concealed carry much longer than that.

But, here’s what really caught my eye, these two sentences:

“In 1994, there were 129,838 violent crimes reported in the state with 2,022 murders.
In 2008, the total amount of violent crimes had fallen to 123,564 with 1,374 homicides.”

To read that, you would assume that concealed carry had indeed lowered the crime rate. I decided to double-check the figures and according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, the number of violent crimes in Texas did drop from 129,838 in 1994 to 123,564 in 2008. That’s a drop of 6,274 violent crimes or 4.8%.

However; don’t be impressed just yet. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, the number of violent crimes in Texas in 1993 was 137,419. Between 1993 and 1994, violent crimes dropped by 7,581 or 5.5%. In fact, if you go all the way back to 1960 (which is as far back as the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistic site goes), you can see that on average, violent crimes in Texas rise nearly every year until reaching a high of 145,743 in 1991. After that, violent crimes begin a slow and steady drop until 1998 when violent crimes reach a nine year low of 111,566 and then they begin a slow and study rise.

I feel pretty certain that the concealed carry law didn’t have that much affect on the lowering of violent crimes in Texas.  Violent crimes were already dropping before the law was signed or went into effect.  I did think it was interesting that the violent crimes spiked in 1991.  I’m curious if any other states had the same kinds of spikes for the same time period.

If I can really pass on anything from this outing into Texas’ crime statistics it is this:  Don’t believe everything you read.  Go look it up and check the facts for yourself.  Everyone has an agenda to push.  With so much misinformation on the web, it is smart to find the facts for yourself.

Ironically, when I saw this article, I wasn’t even looking up Texas’ crimes stats.  I was looking for Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin’s.

GOP – Lock up the Homosexuals

I have never been so scared in my life. I truly believe that if we let the Republicans take over in power that gay people will slowly, but surely, be locked up in jail. These far right wing people – who spread hate and fear – will gain power and change the laws that allow us our freedoms. This isn’t the fringe, people, the following quotes are actually from the party platforms of Montana and Texas.

First, Texas:

“We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.”

“Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have beenordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”

“Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.

Now, Montana:

We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

Do those sound like people who can be reasoned with?

And, if we’re not locked up, perhaps we can be “cured” like Christine O’Donnell is insisting.

Until the Republican Party stands up and says NO to the “fringe”, I don’t think any of us can vote Republican anymore.

I support lower taxes and smaller government, but these people are a threat to my very existence.  They threaten my livelihood.  It’s one small step from outlawing homosexual acts to making it illegal to hire a homosexual.

Remember this:

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.

It can happen here – we’ve done it before.  Remember?  We locked up all of the Japanese during World War II.  They lost everything.

We can do it again.  It didn’t take much for Hitler to convince an entire country that Jewish people were evil.

It won’t take much for the O’Donnells and Ravndals of the world to pass the laws needed to round up all of us gay people – one at a time.  It’s what they want and if we elect them, it’s what they’ll get.

I think I’ll go purchase a gun, because I’ll need it in order to protect my family.

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