Let’s see the anti-gun crowd explain this one.
Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, we’ve heard almost non-stop from anti-gun liberals that we need to ban guns to save the children, because gun violence is out of control and getting worse.
Since 1993, the United States has seen a drop in gun violence across the board, from homicides to nonfatal gun crimes.
“Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011,” according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, “and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
According to the Pew Research Center study, there were seven gun homicides per 100,000 people in 1993, which dropped to 3.6 gun deaths in 2010.
“Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew,” according to the Pew study. “The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearmâ€”assaults, robberies and sex crimesâ€”was 75 percent lower in 2011 than in 1993.”
So in summary:
|Gun Homicides||Down 39%|
|Nonfatal Gun Violence||Down 75%|
|Gun Homicide Rate per 100K people||Down 48%|
Tell me again why we need to ban guns?
Perception vs. Reality
The problem of course is perception vs. reality. We know the reality of the situation – gun violence and homicides are decreasing and have been for more than a decade. Those of us who have been paying attention knew this long before these two studies were released, this is actually not news. The FBI Uniform Crime data shows the exact same downwards trend, which has been discussed here on Monderno and elsewhere on the web.
However, the perception does not match the reality. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that only 12 percent of Americans believe the gun crime rate is lower today than it was in 1993; 56 percent believe it’s higher.
So why the perception that gun violence is out of control? The answer is simple: outright lies and ignorance, whether willful or malicious.
The politicians, generally speaking, are lying to shape public opinion. If you think that Obama, Biden, Feinstein and company don’t know the statistics you’re out of your mind. They know, which means that they are liars. Period. At a political level, gun control has never been about saving the children, it as has always been about controlling a population.
Individuals who support gun control, in my experience, are largely ignorant. I have found that most of them mean well, but simply believe the mainstream media and the politicians. That’s why these new studies are so important. We need to spread this message far and wide and inform the general public of what’s really going on.
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