Source: Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends
Recent Pew Research of Gun Violence in America found gun violence has dropped at an incredible level between 1993-2010, however, in spite of these FACTS, 56% of American’s believe gun violence is higher than 20 years ago.
The primary findings of the research center on these salient points:
1. Homicide rates are down 49% using a time-series analysis between the years of 1993 and 2010.
2. Victimization rates for violent crimes with a firearm are down 73% during that same time period.
3. Despite incredible decline of gun-related violence, 56% of those surveyed (which was a scientific representative sample) 56% of American's believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago.
Gun Homicide Rate Declines By Half Since 1993 Peak:
Gun homicides, violent gun crime and violent crime overall have fallen since the early 1990s. While there is little agreement as to the cause of these declines, the aging of the population, declining crack cocaine usage and rising incarceration rates may have each contributed.
Americans Unaware of Drop in Gun Violence:
Despite the marked drop in gun violence, over half of Americans say gun crime is higher today than it was 20 years ago. Women, non-whites and adults ages 30 and older are the most likely to say that gun crime rates have risen. Women and older adults are among the least likely to be victimized.
Mass Shootings Capture Public Interest:
Public mass shootings are rare crimes that account for less than one percent of gun homicides. They are a matter of great public interest and concern. The mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., were among the public’s top news stories in recent years.
Men, Young Adults Make Up Majority of Gun Homicide Victims:
Gun homicide was the fifth leading cause of violent death in 2010. The vast majority (84%) of gun homicide victims are male and seven-in-ten are ages 18 to 40. Younger adults account for a disproportionate share of gun homicide victims relative to their share of the population.
Blacks Disproportionately Victimized:
Gun homicides include a disproportionate share of black victims relative to the black share of the population, while whites are proportionally underrepresented. Hispanics were 17% of victims and 16% of the population in 2010.
Gun Suicides Outnumber Gun Homicides:
Gun suicides were the fourth leading cause of violent death in 2010 after motor vehicle accidents, unintentional poisoning (including drug overdose) and falls. As gun homicides have fallen, gun suicides now account for six-in-ten gun deaths, compared with about half in the mid-90s.
Read the full report: Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware