You Won’t Believe What’s Happened to the Gun Homicide Rate Over the Past 34 Years

Written by Philip Hodges

You wouldn’t know it just by watching the news, but the gun homicide rate over the past three decades has actually gone down, and 2014 was its lowest since 1981.

If you listen to the mainstream news media or to the politicians, they leave the impression that the gun homicide rate is sky high. The media over-sensationalize mass shootings and any violence stories involving guns. And politicians take advantage of the media’s sensationalism to whip voters into a gun control frenzy.

While most TV viewers might believe that “gun violence” is on the rise, the reality is that it’s falling, and has been for over three decades. CNS News reported:

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The number of homicides committed with a firearm in the United States in 2014 was 10,945, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report on its final data on deaths in this county for that year, which was released on June 30.

The 10,945 firearm homicides in 2014 represented a 40-percent drop from the peak hit in 1993, when there were 18,253 firearm homicides in the country, according to CDC data.

The 10,945 firearm homicides in the United States in 2014 equaled a rate of 3.43 per 100,000 people in the population. That was the lowest firearm homicide rate the United States experienced in any of the 34 years from 1981 through 2014, according to data posted by the CDC on its “Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System” (WISQARS).

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It’s like comparing global warming alarmists’ rhetoric with the data.

In the same way, this is not convenient news for those who wish to enact more gun control laws. That’s why they ignore it. Their job is to make people think the gun homicide rate is so high that our entire country might as well be considered a war zone.

Actually, if you want to know where the war zones are in the U.S., just go to cities where gun control is strictest.

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