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.