One of the things that we rely on when tracking crime in a certain place is the FBI's crime report. Only, it turns out that they have been under-reporting certain types of incidents, like the frequency of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a fun. According to Jazz Shaw at HotAir.com:
One thing we have traditionally relied on when analyzing trends in violent crime is the FBI’s annual reports covering a variety of crime statistics. But what if those statistics are wildly inaccurate? In at least one category, that appears to have been the case in recent years. A new report from John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center demonstrates that the FBI records very few active shooting incidents where armed citizens have stepped up to put an end to the killing. But according to these statistics, it happens far more often than the Bureau’s records claim. How far off was the FBI? During the seven-year period from 2014 through 2021, the agency reported that only 4.4% of active shooting events were ended by armed citizens, but Lott’s figures indicate that the number was actually more than 34%. That’s a very large discrepancy to account for. (Fox News)
I trust John Lott's analysis more than I trust the FBI. Lott has done exemplary work over the years. The FBI, not so much. But, if they are manipulating crime stats to reflect political agendas, I don't think they could sink much lower.