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US Gun Homicides Down Nearly 50% Since 1990s

From the Associated Press:

Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s

By ALAN FRAM | May 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress’ battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms.

A study released Tuesday by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That’s a 39 percent reduction.

Another report by the private Pew Research Center found a similar decline by looking at the rate of gun homicides, which compares the number of killings to the size of the country’s growing population. It found that the number of gun homicides per 100,000 people fell from 7 in 1993 to 3.6 in 2010, a drop of 49 percent.

Both reports also found that non-fatal crimes involving guns were down by roughly 70 percent over that period. The Justice report said the number of such crimes diminished from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.

Would it be too cynical to question the timing of the release of these two studies? — That is, did Pew and the DOJ wait until the latest gun control bill was dead in the Senate before publishing their reports?

The Pew poll, for instance, was actually taken between March 14 and March 17, 2013. Why would Pew have taken such a poll unless they already knew that the actual truth was the opposite of what the public believes? So why did they delay putting it out?

But perhaps because of the intense publicity generated by recent mass shootings such as the December massacre of 20 school children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., the public seems to have barely noticed the reductions in gun violence, the Pew study shows.

The non-partisan group said a poll it conducted in March showed that 56 percent of people believe the number of gun crimes is higher than it was two decades ago. Only 12 percent said they think the number of gun crimes is lower, while the rest said they think it remained the same or didn’t know.

For some odd reason, this reminds me of the way the public has been misled about the ‘global warming,’ too.)

The data was released three weeks after the Senate rejected an effort by gun control supporters to broaden the requirement for federal background checks for more firearms purchases…

Yeah, what a coincidence. After the Senate’s gun control bill was good and dead.

The Pew report also said:

- More than 8 in 10 victims of gun homicides are men and boys.

- Fifty-five percent of gun homicide victims in 2010 were black, far beyond their 13 percent share of the population.

Oops. We aren’t supposed to notice these details.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it’s up, says study

By Emily Alpert | May 7, 2013

Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center

The number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in a separate report released Tuesday. Gun crimes that weren’t fatal fell by 69%.

However, guns still remain the most common murder weapon in the United States, the report noted. Between 1993 and 2011, more than two out of three murders in the U.S. were carried out with guns, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found

But if only we could ban those darned ‘assault rifles.’

Despite the remarkable drop in gun crime, only 12% of Americans surveyed said gun crime had declined compared with two decades ago, according to Pew, which surveyed  more than 900 adults this spring. Twenty-six percent said it had stayed the same, and 56% thought it had increased.

It’s unclear whether media coverage is driving the misconception that such violence is up…

Hilarious. This is only "unclear" to our one party news media. The news media and the rest of the Democrat Party have tried to use these rare shootings to advance their agenda.

“It’s hard to know what’s going on there,” said D’Vera Cohn, senior writer at the Pew Research Center. Women, people of color and the elderly were more likely to believe that gun crime was up than men, younger adults or white people

Experts debate why overall crime has fallen, attributing the drop to all manner of causes, such as the withering of the crack cocaine market and surging incarceration rates.

Some researchers have even linked dropping crime to reduced lead in gasoline, pointing out that lead can cause increased aggression and impulsive behavior in exposed children.

Call us crazy, but somehow we suspect the drop has more to do with the higher incarceration rates than any supposed drop in cocaine use or even the removal of lead from gasoline.

The victims of gun killings are overwhelmingly male and disproportionately black, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data

Again, this is something we are not supposed to mention.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Gun Homicides Down Nearly 50% Since 1990s”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Damn the facts, man.
    It is all about getting the weapons out of law abiding citizens hands.
    Criminal justice is just that…….criminal justice!


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