Violent crime in California is well above the national average, despite the fact that California has some of the strictest gun control laws in America.
Statistics released by the FBI for 2013-2014 show the national rate of violent crime is 375.7 per 100,000 people — which is on the decline. In California, however, the violent crime rate is 396.1 per 100,000 people. (RELATED: FBI Data Shows You’re More Likely To Get Beaten To Death Than Killed With A Rifle)
According to the FBI, violent crime is defined as “four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.”
Robbery in California, most notably, is one violent crime rate that is far ahead of the national average — 125.5 per 100,000 people The national average of robbery 102.2 per 100,000, according to the FBI.
While California murder rates pull just under the national average with 4.4 per 100,000 people — a whopping .1 percent lower than the national average.
Judging from the evidence, it doesn’t appear that California’s extremely draconian gun laws have actually made California a safer place to live. (RELATED: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA): ‘Sensible Gun Laws Work, We’ve Proven It In California’)
California currently boasts bans on “assault weapons” and magazines that accept more than 10 rounds. The state also has a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases and registration on firearms, and — of course — strict background checks. (RELATED: Syed Farook’s Co-Worker Says Citizens ‘Should Be Armed’ [VIDEO])
With all of these stern measurements, Syed Farook and his wife were still able to murder 14 people in San Bernardino, California. (RELATED: CNN: Female Calif. Shooter Pledged Allegiance To ISIS)