Did you know that the gun homicide rate has fallen by 49% in the past 20 years? The rate for gun related crime not labeled homicide has fallen by a shocking 79%.
Despite having these findings readily available to anyone willing to search for it, according the a new Pew Research Center Survey, more than 56% of Americans believe that gun related crime and gun homicides has gone up. 12% of Americans believe it has gone down, and 26% of Americans believe it has stayed the same. You can view the full report here.
Gun homicides and violent crime overall has been decreasing since the early 1990’s.
Then people ask “But what about all of the mass shootings?!”
Actually, mass shootings make up less than 1% of gun homicides. Mass shootings are a matter of great public interest, therefore people follow them just as heavily as they do other major news stories.
Now let’s look at the INCREASE in gun ownership since 1993 to compare our data. View the full article Two Recent Studies Confirm Gun Control’s Worst Nightmare: More Guns Equals Less Crime on TheExaminer.
Here is a chart I thought would be fun to throw in, so why not? This chart shows gun ownership DECREASED and crime INCREASED.
So what’s the problem? The problem is that more than half of our country’s population believe that gun violence is increasing with gun ownership even though studies prove that is not the case. More legal gun owners DECREASE gun related crime because it gives criminals a reason to fear what consequences their decision will bring.
The problem lies with the media. Our media is creating false perception for each event and sadly, perception seems to beat the facts. Especially when it comes to a crowd that refuses to research for themselves.