Thursday, May 9, 2013


Source: Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends

Gun Violence in America

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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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 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


  1. It was a politically incorrect open secret that, even in 1993, if you looked at non-black Americans, our crime rate was equivalent to Switzerland's.
    If you took hispanics out of that mix, our crime rate was Luxembourg's.
    And if you took the five biggest liberal idiot gun-controlled crapholes out of the figures, our crime rate was equivalent to Monaco.

    We don't have a gun problem in this country, or even a gun crime problem.

    We have a recidivist douchebag problem, which expanded CCWs and Three Strikes, coupled with the demographic reverse tsunami of Roe v. Wade, have finally curbed.

    Hence the media's need to endlessly loop the coverage of the incredibly rare mass killings, which account for a number of deaths over the years that is dwarfed by the number of people killed by lightning strikes, by a factor of about 5:1.

    Clearly assault cloud control, and banning tall people, should be a higher priority than firearms laws, but it doesn't fit the statist control-everyone agenda.

  2. We also have the world's highest incarceration rate. It has been speculated that this accounts for the decrease in overall crime rate and gun violence.

    1. indyjonesouthereMay 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      If you look at the FBI statistics you will find very high incarceration rates for black males but also find that black males commit nearly 50% of all murders. That 7% of the population is responsible for the murders and also primarily the victim of the murders points to a problem with the war on poverty. Poverty is not the problem...its the culture.