I have to admit I was unaware just how dramatically the drop was. 49% lower in 2010 than in 1993, that's a BIG drop. I was under the impression it
was more like a 15% drop.
Public perception graph:
I would have guessed it had dropped personally, but I was not surprised to see how many people thought homicide rates involving guns had gone up.
Actually I was a little surprised, I figured more people would have chosen that over stayed the same.
I'm aware that there just might be a few conspiracy minded people on this site. I personally don't think the media is after anything but ratings and
viewers, but I suppose the argument could be made that they are manipulating the public for a cause. My opinion is that these things are being hyped
more because there aren't as many occurrences and things like mass shootings draw in readers/viewers/ad revenue.
It seems there is something in the news every day about gun violence. The recent mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, a movie theater riddled
with bullets in Colorado, children and teachers gunned down at school in Connecticut, and the list goes on. While you may be seeing more and more
shooting, the fact is, overall gun homicide rates have dropped dramatically over the past two decades, according to a recent study.
More than half of Americans believe gun violence has increased over the past two decades, but what you’re watching on the news, may be skewing your
That recent study said compared to 1993, the peak of US gun homicide, the rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, even though the population had grown. In
other words, fewer people are dying by guns.
FAR fewer people. Apparently the number of suicides by gun has been going down as well, though not as quickly which isn't really that surprising to
The study goes on to suggest a few different reasons this decline may be happening. Of those, I found a decrease in lead to be a surprise.
Another theory links reduced crime to 1970s-era reductions in lead in
gasoline; children’s exposure to lead causes brain damage that could be associated with violent
This next theory doesn't surprise me, but I find it rather sad.
one hypothesis, legalization of abortion after the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision
resulted in fewer unwanted births, and unwanted children have an increased risk of growing
up to become criminals.
The study also suggests that a waning market for crack coc aine may have helped fuel the decline (starting in the early 90's) and a few others,
worth a read.
I was wondering if there was going to be any mention of gun laws becoming less restrictive, and the massive upsurge that's been seen in Concealed
Carry Permits, but nope. I personally think this has actually had an impact, though not as large of one as some people seem to want to believe. I
can see why it wasn't included.
The firearm suicide rate (6.3 per 100,000 people) is higher than the firearm homicide
rate and has come down less sharply. The number of gun suicide deaths (19,392 in
2010) outnumbered gun homicides, as has been true since at least 1981.
I just wanted to throw this in too because I was unaware and figure some others here were too. I suppose I hadn't really given it much thought and it
makes complete sense.
So our population numbers have soared, the amount of guns per capita has doubled since 1968 (and probably more than that recently) yet the numbers are
going down. Seems an abundance of guns isn't really the culprit after all.
I'm not going to disagree with anyone that says if we could somehow get rid of all guns gun crime would go down. Obviously it would. The reality is
that will never happen and we need to be looking at changes that were made during this gun homicide downturn more closely.
Any of this new to you? Agree with the study? Disagree? Surprised by anything? The first link is to a news article referencing the study, the
second is the actual study which I hope people will actually read because it's rather interesting and has far more information/stats.
ETA: I would be interested to hear what other members think would contribute to dropping these gun homicides/crimes/suicide numbers even lower.
While I have some pretty strong beliefs about gun ownership, I would really like to hear all opinions, even if I don't agree with them. It's
impossible to learn or change without being challenged.
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