DoJ Report: Since 1993, Murders Using Guns Down 39%, Violent Crime Down 70%

February 3 2014
by GSL Staff
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The numbers just don’t add up for gun control supporters. Based on media coverage of shootings, gun violence and violent crime in general, it would be easy for the average American to think that violent crime, and specifically violent crime involved firearms, is on the rise.

However, the real numbers say the exact opposite. According to a report by the Department of Justice, homicides involving firearms are down 39% between 1993 and 2011. The report also states that “nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization against persons aged 12 or older” is down a whopping 70%.

Of course, this isn’t front page mainstream media news because it doesn’t fit their agenda. After all, the mainstream media has proven time and time again, the bloodier a story is, the easier they can sell it.

According to the report,

In 2011, a total of 478,400 fatal and nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm (table 1). Homicides made up about 2% of all firearm-related crimes. There were 11,101 firearm homicides in 2011, down by 39% from a high of 18,253 in 1993 (figure 1). The majority of the decline in firearm-related homicides occurred between 1993 and 1998. Since 1999, the number of firearm homicides increased from 10,828 to 12,791 in 2006 before declining to 11,101 in 2011.

Nonfatal firearm-related violent victimizations against persons age 12 or older declined 70%, from 1.5 million in 1993 to 456,500 in 2004 (figure 2). The number then fluctuated between about 400,000 to 600,000 through 2011.1 While the number of firearm crimes declined over time, the percentage of all violence that involved a firearm did not change substantively, fluctuating between 6% and 9% over the same period. In 1993, 9% of all violence was committed with a firearm, compared to 8% in 2011.

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It should be noted that the overall firearm homicide rate continued to decline between overall 2004-2011 following the expiration of the federal “assault weapons ban” which was in place between 1994-2004.

It should also be noted that by all indicators currently available, gun ownership has surged during that time, especially from 2008 – present day. If the number of privately owned guns caused an increase in crime and homicides, one would expect to see an increase during that time period.

Hat Tip: AWR Hawkins at Breitbart

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