CNN has still another bit of yellow “journalism” attacking the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws than have been so influential in cutting the United States violent crime rates.
You can click on the graphic on the right to obtain a clearer view. Note that the United States homicide rate was virtually flat from 1999′s 5.7 per 100,000 population through 2006′s 5.7. It was not until a substantial number of states’ newly enacted Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws kicked in that a substantial decline in homicide rates and homicide numbers began again.
In 1999, there were 17,030 homicides reported to the FBI, while in 2010 there were only 14,748. And from FBI preliminary numbers, the 2011 total is expected to be at or below 14,000, and the homicide rate the lowest since 1904.
The graphic on the left shows the United States violent crime rate from 1960 to 2010. It also shows precisely the same pattern of a sharp decline in violence as Americans armed themselves, followed by a plateau between 1998 and 2006. Followed by a decline as Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws became more common.
For Florida, local law enforcement reported 128,795 violent crimes in 2006, but only 101,969 violent crimes in 2010. That is a 24 percent decline in violent crime in just five years of Stand Your Ground.
For Arizona, the state targeted in this latest CNN hit piece, violent crime declined from 30,916 in 2006 to just 26,085 in 2010, a 15.5 percent decline in violent crime.
For the United States as a whole, the decline amounts to a 12.3 percent decline, from 1,418,043 violent crimes in 2006 to only 1,246,248; a part of a trend that should see violent crimes decline by another six percent for 2011.
With all these proven benefits from laws discouraging potential criminals from adopting a criminal lifestyle, one would think CNN and the other mung-stream media outlets would support extending these crime fighting laws to every state.
Yet CNN would reverse this trend by repealing the laws that persuade people that a criminal lifestyle is not for them. That is completely and totally irresponsible. But it seems to be the course CNN has decided to pursue.