Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gun Violence Continues to Fall

While liberals and progressives are up in arms, so to speak, about needing more gun control, a Department of Justice (DOJ) reports continues to show a decline in gun violence, and a few other interesting facts as well. From NBC News:
Gun violence in America has fallen dramatically over the past two decades, and the number of murders committed with a firearm is down too, though guns are still by far the leading type of crime weapon, according to a new report from the Justice Department.

As for where crime guns came from, the study notes that less than two percent of convicted inmates reported buying their weapons at gun shows or flea markets. The highest number, 40 percent, said the guns came from a family member or a friend. About 37 percent said the weapons were stolen or obtained from an illegal source. The rest say the guns were bought at a retail store or pawn shop.
Murders committed with a gun dropped 39 percent to 11,101 in 2011, from a high of 18,253 in 1993, according to the report.

Other crimes committed with guns were down even more sharply — from 1.53 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011, a drop of 70 percent, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Compare this to the UK where crime generally, and gun crime in particular, has increased dramatically over the last two decades, and you can't even determine the actual murder rate. In any event, its nice that the DOJ released this report after the recent debates on gun control. More of the Administration's impeccable timing.

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