Here’s some news you might have missed this week, but the Washington Times’ resident “bitter clinger” Emily Miller would like you to know. On Tuesday, the Justice Department released a study showing that gun homicides in America have dropped 39 percent from 1993 to 2011, and non-fatal crimes involving firearms declined a whopping 69 percent. There is one gun-related statistic from Pew that is through the roof, however; more than half of Americans believe that gun crime is up sharply.
Miller wrote yesterday:
On the same day that Justice released its report, Pew Research Center released a new poll that found that 56 percent of Americans believe gun crimes is higher now than 20 years ago and 26 percent thought it was the same. Only 12 percent knew that it was lower…. Asked about trends in firearms crimes “in recent years,” 45 percent thought the number had gone up, 39 percent thought it was the same. Just 10 percent were correct that it has gone down 13 percent in the most recent five years.
Those with the AR-15 in their sights might be interested to know that handguns were used in about 7 out of 10 gun homicides in 2011 and 9 out of 10 nonfatal firearm violent crimes.
So gun violence is way down. Good news, right?