Gun violence is way down, but few seem to know about it

Many Americans are misinformed on gun violence, thinking it’s an epidemic. In spite of a few sensational shootings, the opposite is true.

Christian Science Monitor: With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat?

A Pew study released Tuesday finds that Americans think gun violence has escalated when in reality it’s way down from two decades ago. The violence has dropped, meanwhile, even as gun ownership has increased.

Could it be that gun violence is down simply because more people are armed?  A well-armed society is a polite society.

It’s law abiding citizens who have been buying lots of guns, not criminals. They’ve always had guns.

But that slow-motion decline in Americans turning guns on each other has failed to register with most people, only 12 percent of whom answered the question correctly when asked by the Pew Research Center in a poll released Tuesday. Some 56 percent of respondents said they believed that gun violence had actually increased over the last 20 years.

If you get your news and information from newspapers, cable news channels, and network news show, you end up ignorant.

Then there are tables like this one that are very misleading:

This table is misleading because it compares the USA to only a few countries with a high rate of gun ownership and very low homicide rates. It contradicts the notion that more guns equal more crime but it also makes it look as if America is way out of step. In fact, the U.S. homicide rate of 3.7 per 100,000 population if quite low when compared to the rest of the world, most of which has very strict gun laws where all guns are prohibited. Moreover, and while it’s not politically correct to point this out, if Blacks as group had a homicide rate the same as Whites the USA would have one of the lowest homicide rates in the world.

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