NPR Admits Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Drastically Since 1993 as Gun Ownership Doubles!
It has been common knowledge that since the early 90’s, that the United States has seen a huge drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns as ownership has doubled, and now even the liberal NPR admits it.
NPR notes: “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.
Many 2nd Amendment advocates did not need a new study to know this fact, and have been saying it for a very long time.
All of that is good news — but many Americans don’t seem to be aware of it. In a survey, 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.
In an effort to explain that finding, the Pew researchers noted that while mass shootings are rare, they capture public interest and are often viewed as touchstone events that help define they year in which the crimes occur. As examples, they cite three shootings in the past two years, in Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; and in Newtown, Conn.
The U.S. gun crime rate peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Pew study says, ending years of growth in gun violence that began in the 1960s. But the rate of suicides committed using a firearm hasn’t fallen as fast, they add, noting that 6 out of every 10 gun deaths in America stems from suicide.
The study also notes that while the number of gun homicides has dropped, the number of guns in America hasn’t.
Noting that it isn’t clear how many Americans have guns in their households, the Pew researchers found that the “2009 per capita rate of one person per gun in the U.S. had roughly doubled since 1968.”
The federal report included data about where criminals had acquired their weapons.
“In 2004 (the most recent year of data available), among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of the offense, fewer than two percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show,” according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. “About 10 percent of state prison inmates said they purchased it from a retail store or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source.”
The facts are easy, but NPR generally ignores them.
As stated, gun ownership doubled as gun crime fell.
Thugs and criminals do not obey gun laws.
Two buildings, one says, “Gun Free Zone” and the other “People Packin’ In Here”: Which building will a thug enter?
California and Chicago, the state and city with the most gun crime, both have the liberals dream of gun control.
Concealed carry laws decrease, not increase unintentional deaths and injuries or increase violent crime.
The vast majority of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. The Crime Research Prevention Center determined that since 1950, nearly 99 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in gun-free zones.
And one we do not mention often, but is huge. Maybe NPR will notice now….
Washington, D.C.’s gun ban worsened the city’s homicide rate.
In 1976, D.C. implemented a law that banned citizens from owning guns. Only police officers were allowed to carry firearms. Those who already owned guns were allowed to keep them only if they were disassembled or trigger-locked. Trigger locks could only be removed if the owner received permission from the D.C. police, which was rare.
According to prosecutor Jeffrey Shapiro, the results were not good. Annual homicides rose from 188 in 1976 to 364 in 1988, and then increased even further to 454 in 1993.
The gun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, and homicides have steadily declined since then to 88 yearly murders in 2012.
D.C. still has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Consequently D.C. is one of the most dangerous places in the country to live. The facts clearly show that homicides in D.C. rose after the ban was implemented. They subsequently declined after the Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional.
Gun Control Kills.