Gun crime in America is down according to the WaPo and that is despite the increase in the number of firearms.
The Post cites a Pew Research Center study showing 7 deaths by firearm for every 100,000 Americans in 1993, but by 2013, that rate had been cut to 3.6 per 100,000. The rate of death fell too, from 725 per 100,000 in 1993 to only 175 in 1993.
The FBI reports that purposeful killings by guns reached a high point in 1980 with 10.8 intentional killings by firearm per 100,000.
Violence is declining overall, not just violence committed with guns.
The Post believes it’s attributable to more police, less alcohol, better use of technology to zeroing on areas in need of patrolling, a better economy, and less lead in the air. Don’t know about that last one.
AEI posted the charts of the day which say it all.
Dallas News has a good article on the misleading meme about the 353 mass shootings in the US this year. The title of the article is, Mass shootings in the U.S. this year? 353 — or 4, depending on your definition.
The definition’s vary greatly and so do the causes.
The anti-gun activists are claiming that America has averaged more than one mass shooting a day in 2015. The slogan comes in large part from a crowdsourced database, shootingtracker.com, that seeks to list every incident in which at least four people were hit by bullets — killed, wounded or grazed.
In Texas, the shootingtracker site lists 21 “mass shootings” in 2015. Almost all fall into mundane categories: domestic violence, gang conflicts, battles over a girl, robberies gone bad, drug-related arguments, fights that ended in gunplay.
They are completely unrelated.
About 40 percent of “active shooters” killed at least three other people in recent years and there is an uptick but researchers say some of that could be in improved methods for pulling the information together.
Still the likelihood of becoming the victim of a mass shooting in 2014: 1 in 10 million, compared with at least 335 in 10 million for homicides and 670 in 10 million for suicides.