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Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s
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.
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.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium
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.
The bureau also looked into non-fatal violent crimes. Few victims of such crimes -- less than 1% -- reported using a firearm to defend themselves.
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
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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Stupid idiots.. you're all ego and bravado with your firearms until your child gets massacred by a mad man with a gun.
Crime, period, has come down over that period. From a total of 14,144,794 crimes in 1993 to 10,329,135 in 2010, per the FBI's database. An overall reduction in crime of roughly 28%. The Justice Department report is just statistics, not analysis and doesn't make any claim for why the reduction has occurred.
The reduction primarily occurred a decade ago, while having a slight increase in recent years.
Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily fell, reaching a low of 10,117 in 1999. Gun-related homicides increased slightly after that, to a high of 11,547 in 2006, before falling again to 10,869 in 2008
I have to seriously question where someone's head is at when they call 11,101 gun murders "hyped"
In the past 20 years on our own soil, fellow Americans have murdered, with a gun, nearly six times as many Americans as have been killed in war since our involvement in the Korean War onward.
While the overall homicide rate has dropped, the number of mass killings has increased. And they have rightly been highlighted by the media and others. Only a monster would think it's alright to just sweep these things under the rug and not discuss them and try to find a solution to an obvious problem.
I am not a "gun-grabber", I am a gun owner. Every one of these mass killings, every single last gun homicide in this country sullies law abiding gun owners. There needs to be a solution. The best chance to protect the 2nd Amendment is to find a solution, not by ranting about politicians, not by calling concerned citizens belittling names, and most definitely not by threatening insurrection.