Another day, another story in the media with the NZ Police Association crying wolf about the dire sate of gun crime in New Zealand.

This will be a short blog.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Here are the actual numbers of gun murders in New Zealand – sourced from the NZ Police – for the last twenty years.

1994   16

1995    9

1996    9

1997   13 

1998    4

1999    5

2000    7

2001    6

2002   10

2003    7

2004    4

2005    9

2006    9

2007    5

2008    7

2009   11

2010    7

2011    3

2012    3

2013    8

2014    5

So the rate clearly wavers around an average of 8 – but seems to be dropping of late.

Thanks to SSANZ for providing the graph below.

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This shows the trend in rates of homicide and firearm-armed homicide per 10,000 population, and in firearm ownership per capita, 1961 – 2009

Three things to remember:

  1. This drop in gun deaths is despite a population increase.

  2. This drop in gun deaths is despite there being more shooters.

  3. This drop in gun deaths is despite there being more guns in circulation than ever before.

*Another thing to take away from the graph is that the middle bit looks like Batman.

Check out more true crime data here:

New Zealand’s general gun crime is NOT increasing. Its less than twenty years ago:

https://kiwigunblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/where-the-actual-fuck-is-this-gun-crime-wave/

The police are NOT encountering more criminals with guns:

https://kiwigunblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/police-figures-prove-another-lie-our-cops-are-not-facing-more-armed-offenders/

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