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Gun Crisis? What Gun Crisis? Part II



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It’s not just Pew. This Department of Justice report makes embarrassing reading for those who spend their time trying to make it appear as if America is in the middle of a gun-crime wave. The headlines:

  • Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. 
  • Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011. 
  • For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period from 1993 to 2002. 

Visually, the decline is particularly striking:

Control by race, you’ll find the same thing:

Control by region, you’ll find the same thing:

And those screaming “. . .but Sandy Hook!” will no doubt be pleased to know that school shootings, too, are down 33 percent since 1993.



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