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 Bureau of Justice Statistics: Gun Homicides Down by 39 Percent

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PostSubject: Bureau of Justice Statistics: Gun Homicides Down by 39 Percent   Wed May 08, 2013 11:58 am

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Gun Homicides Down by 39 Percent

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Hardest hit, CNN's Piers Morgan.

A study released Tuesday by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That’s a 39 percent reduction.

Another report by the private Pew Research Center found a similar decline by looking at the rate of gun homicides, which compares the number of killings to the size of the country’s population. It found that the number of gun homicides per 100,000 people fell from 7 percent in 1993 to 3.6 percent in 2010, a drop of 49 percent.

Both reports also found the rate of non-fatal crimes involving guns was also down by around 70 percent over that period.

The trend in firearm-related homicides is part of a broad nationwide decline in violent crime over past two decades, including incidents not involving firearms.

Once again more guns do in fact equal less crime. As a reminder, self-reported gun ownership is also as high as it's been since 1993 according to Gallup.

Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.


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