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Gun Crimes Drop Significantly in Past 10 Years

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 8, 2013

Given the energy many politicians on the Left have placed on gun control it would be reasonable to conclude that gun violence is a growing problem in the United States. However, the statistics show just the opposite.

Newsbusters.org reported on statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicate that between 1993 and 2011, the number of killings involving guns fell by 39%, from 18,000 homicides to 11,000.  This decrease in gun violence raises the question the motivations behind the Left’s current attack on American’s Second Amendment rights.

Irrespective of the Left’s motivations, its attack on the Second Amendment has succeeded in creating the false impression that gun violence is a growing problem in America.  According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 56% of Americans believe that gun violence has increased in recent decades.  In fact, only 12% of those polled believe that gun violence has actually decreased during this period.

Irrespective of one’s view of the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control, it is dangerous for any democracy to be so ill-informed.  It would be bad enough if this misconception by the American public was out of ignorance.  However, a significant portion of the misconception has been purposely created by a mainstream media who is not independent and pursues a political agenda.

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