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Gun Crisis? What Gun Crisis? Part II

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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