The number of private firearms was obtained from the ATF and "Point Blank" by Gary Kleck, using Kleck's method of calculating the numbers from ATF data, in this previous article.
The number of police feloniously killed was obtained from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), or in some cases, secondary sources quoting the FBI UCR data.
The number of privately own firearms does not correlate with the felonious killing of police.
Hypothetical reasons postulated for a negative or positive correlation are abundant.
"More Guns, More Crime"
"More Guns, Less Crime"
"Guns Foster Responsibility"
"Guns Foster Irresponsibility"
Many more could be listed.
Aside from hypotheticals, a large increase in the private stock of firearms has occurred at the same time as a significant decrease in the felonious killing of police. Since the middle of the 1970s, the stock of private firearms has soared while the number of felonious police killings has drifted lower.
Chart from danwang.co
Good data on the number of police officers is hard to find before 1989. That makes per capita data for police officers uncertain. For the period from 1989 to 2011, the rate of officers feloniously killed dropped from 18.12 per 100,000, to 13.44 per 100,000. During the same period, the number of firearms per person rose from .85 to 1.07 in the United States.
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