Gun Crimes Plunge Despite Perception

LAT LogoAn article by Emily Alpert of the Los Angeles Times notes that even though violent crime caused by the use of guns is down, the American public seems to think it is up.

Emily Alpert writes, “Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show. Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.”

According to the article, “The number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in a separate report. Gun crimes that weren’t fatal fell by 69%.”

Despite the remarkable drop in gun crime, only 12% of Americans surveyed said gun crime had declined compared with two decades ago, according to Pew, which surveyed more than 900 adults this spring. Twenty-six percent said it had stayed the same, and 56% thought it had increased.

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