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Gun Violence in the USA Has Declined for 20 Years

Written by Gary North on May 9, 2013

Gun violence has been falling in the United States for two decades. Between 1993 and 2010, the gun homicide rate fell by 49%.

The public does not perceive this, thanks to media attention to specific cases of gun violence.

Rates for all categories of violence have fallen. This includes gun violence.

The same study revealed that 56% of those surveyed believe that gun violence is worse today than in 1993. Another 26% think it is about the same. Only 12% think it has declined.

What about mass shootings? These account for 1% of all homicides. But stories about them attract readers.

The public is uninformed. This comes as no surprise.

The media want gun control. This comes as no surprise.

The public likes to read stories about lunatic murderers. This comes as no surprise.

Congress refuses to vote for gun control, because gun owners are well-organized, single-issue voters. This comes as no surprise, but it drives the gun control crowd to despair.

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10 thoughts on “Gun Violence in the USA Has Declined for 20 Years

  1. WhiteFalcon2 says:

    But in California violence is on the increase. In Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Washington, DC and other areas where people cannot defend themselves because of stupid gun laws, violence continues to be high. Political idiots can't figure out than when people can defend themselves violence goes down. DUH!

  2. Between 1990 and 1998, violence spiked. Gun violence merely decreased to pre-1990 levels. If you cherry-pick data, obviously you'll come to the conclusion that "hurr, gun violence has declined for 20 years", but if you look at ALL of the data, you come to a different conclusion.

    But hey, that's what people love to do – share only the part of the data that makes you look right, and not all of the data that makes you look like a dumbass.

  3. "Between 1990 and 1998, violence spiked. Gun violence merely decreased to pre-1990 levels. If you cherry-pick data, obviously you'll come to the conclusion that "hurr, gun violence has declined for 20 years", but if you look at ALL of the data, you come to a different conclusion."

    Your "different" conclusion is actually the same as North's…you just inserted the word "merely" and added "pre-1990 levels" to try and downplay the decline.

    "But hey, that's what people love to do – share only the part of the data that makes you look right, and not all of the data that makes you look like a dumbass."

    Good to see you admitting what you love to do Shane, and admitting how it makes you look.

  4. Aw shucks, the real Libertarian would say it doesn't what the gun violence level is: the right to keep and bear arms is sacrosanct.

  5. HOFFHACK says:

    Libtards just cannot face facts. The vast majority of gun crimes and murders occur in BIG Cities. The same Cities that have the most gun control. And the vast majority is black on black shootings. (hey, facts are facts) And most are committed by Teens between the ages of 14 and 18!!! (which the left calls children) None of the guns are legally owned or purchased. And, if and when punishment is handed out, it is usually a slap on the wrist type because the poor little darlings had is so tough, or jury nullification lets them walk Scot free!! (OJ anyone) If you take these stats out of the equation, gun murders by legally owned weapons are practically none existent!!!! (the 4 handguns that were used to kill ALL those kids were stolen, and he had to kill his own Mother to get them) And why do you think that 80% or more of the people are choosing to believe the NRA & Gun Owners of America's information, than the seriously flawed information being put out by the Left, and their " WILLING ACCOMPLICES IN THE MEDIA!!!" BECAUSE THEIR DATA IS ACCURATE, AND NOT SKEWED TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA!!! WHY DO YOU THINK BO GOT HIS BUTT KICKED IN THE SENATE????? BECAUSE A GOODLY PORTION OF THOSE DEMOCRAT SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT STUPID BILL, ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN 2014!!! AND DON'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE THOSE LAWS IN NY, NJ, COLORADO AND OTHER STATES FALL BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT! A State Government just cannot make something that has been legally owned by people for decades, to just make it a crime to own it any longer with out due process!!! Didn't anyone hear of an 'EX POST FACTO" (after the fact) law, being un Constitutional???? You are talking literally millions of people in these States, that have owned these guns or magazines legally for as long as 50 years, being told they are criminals, if they do not turn them in on the whim of a State Government! In New York, their Constitution reads exactly the same as the Second Amendment, so, there is a chance that it may not even pass State Court muster!!!

    """"MOLON LABE"""""

  6. You saved me the trouble of rebutting Shane's assertion. Thank you.

  7. Just keep your musket ready and powder dry friends. Obama and is co-horts will stop at nothing to ban guns from law abiding citizens.

  8. Gee, now who's ignoring all of the data?

    Dumbass.

  9. "Gee, now who's ignoring all of the data?"

    That would be you Shane, you pretended to come to a different conclusion, and I proved you were wrong.

    "Dumbass"

    Yes you are Shane, which is why I correct your errors.

  10. Cause and effect are lost on fascist gummint weasels and libtards. Lacking information and knowledge, and, yes, intelligence, are prerequisite to being a liberal.