Study: Gun homicides, violence down s...

Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply in past 20 years

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Zoe

Circleville, OH

#1 May 9, 2013
CNN Staff

updated 2:14 PM EDT, Wed May 8, 2013

CNN)-- Gun-related homicides and crime are "strikingly" down from 20 years ago, despite the American public's belief that firearm crime is on the upswing, a new study said Wednesday.

Looking back 50 years, a Pew Research Center study found U.S. gun homicides rose in the 1960s, gained in the 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and the early 1990s, and then plunged and leveled out the past 20 years.

"Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago," the researchers say.

A Pew survey of Americans in March found 56% believed gun-related crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% said it's lower. The survey said 26% believed it stayed the same and 6% didn't know.

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The new study found U.S. firearm homicides peaked in 1993 at 7.0 deaths per 100,000 people. But by 2010, the rate was 49% lower, and firearm-related violence -- assaults, robberies, sex crimes -- was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993, the study found.

Those drops parallel an overall decline in violent non-fatal crime, with or without a gun, the study said.

In fact, gun-related homicide rates in the late 2000s were "equal to those not seen since the early 1960s," the study found.

Explanations for the drops the past 20 years aren't clear, the study said.

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"Researchers have studied the decline in firearm crime and violent crime for many years, and though there are theories to explain the decline, there is no consensus among those who study the issue as to why it happened," the researchers say in a summary.

Despite the decline, the United States still has a higher rate of homicide than other developed countries, the study says. But America doesn't have a higher rate for all other crimes.

The United States also has a higher rate of gun ownership than any other developed country, the study said.

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Zoe

Circleville, OH

#2 May 9, 2013
One huge factor, CARRYING CONCEALED PERMITS!
Zoe

Circleville, OH

#3 May 9, 2013
Liberals don't like this one, pretend it isn't so. It must be true if CNN posted it!

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#4 May 9, 2013
In fact, the study does not credit any particular factor, and certainly not CCW.

Also noted is something of an upward blip from 2008 forward. Too soon to tell if this is a reverse trend or merely an anomaly.

Multiple factors that COULD have had an impact have been suggested, including rates of incarceration, economy/employment, assault weapons ban (yes, I know, some people don't like that term--but that is how the legislation has been identified) and even abortion.

And just to make things interesting, we are seeing more guns in the hands of fewer people.

Very interesting stuff, but I wouldn't claim that if offers endorsement to any specific cause.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#5 May 9, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
In fact, the study does not credit any particular factor, and certainly not CCW.
Also noted is something of an upward blip from 2008 forward. Too soon to tell if this is a reverse trend or merely an anomaly.
Multiple factors that COULD have had an impact have been suggested, including rates of incarceration, economy/employment, assault weapons ban (yes, I know, some people don't like that term--but that is how the legislation has been identified) and even abortion.
And just to make things interesting, we are seeing more guns in the hands of fewer people.
Very interesting stuff, but I wouldn't claim that if offers endorsement to any specific cause.
The AWB expired almost ten years ago. And your "scary black rifles" were the least used type of firearms in crimes.
CCW is the real reason. Nobody's getting carjacked by your roaming inner city pets traveling to Dublin, Hilliard and Pickerington these days for a reason. That wasn't the case 20 years ago.

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#6 May 9, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>The AWB expired almost ten years ago. And your "scary black rifles" were the least used type of firearms in crimes.
CCW is the real reason. Nobody's getting carjacked by your roaming inner city pets traveling to Dublin, Hilliard and Pickerington these days for a reason. That wasn't the case 20 years ago.
Well, maybe you need to get a PhD and become a researcher.

Or read the study.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 May 9, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, maybe you need to get a PhD and become a researcher.
Or read the study.
Or you could get out of your hood and see the real world, but you're too chicken to be surrounded by your betters.
Rakk

Galloway, OH

#8 May 9, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
In fact, the study does not credit any particular factor, and certainly not CCW.

Also noted is something of an upward blip from 2008 forward. Too soon to tell if this is a reverse trend or merely an anomaly.

Multiple factors that COULD have had an impact have been suggested, including rates of incarceration, economy/employment, assault weapons ban (yes, I know, some people don't like that term--but that is how the legislation has been identified) and even abortion.

And just to make things interesting, we are seeing more guns in the hands of fewer people.

Very interesting stuff, but I wouldn't claim that if offers endorsement to any specific cause.
Gun sales are at the highest lvls since 1988.

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#9 May 9, 2013
Rakk wrote:
<quoted text>
Gun sales are at the highest lvls since 1988.
Yep, and fewer households own guns.

Something to ponder, isn't it?

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#10 May 9, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, and fewer households own guns.
Something to ponder, isn't it?
Fewer households ADMIT to gun ownership, for good reason.
Dense, dense, dense, you are.

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#11 May 9, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>Fewer households ADMIT to gun ownership, for good reason.
Dense, dense, dense, you are.
They think the pollsters are out to get them?

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#12 May 9, 2013
Guns haven't gotten any cheaper

Thanks George HW Bush for blocking those Chinese imports!
Rakk

Galloway, OH

#13 May 10, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
<quoted text>Yep, and fewer households own guns.

Something to ponder, isn't it?
But if majority of the gun crimes come from weapons obtained illegally what difference would it make? Wouldn't that be an indicator of failed policies? I guess what my question is, if countries that have placed a ban on weapons and have had a incline of crimes since the bans, why would we do the same thing?

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