Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun
ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million
firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply.
According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent
homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the
exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per
100,000 in 2000.