Gun Control Statistics – Straight Facts – Is Gun Violence & Murder Increasing or Decreasing?
Gun Violence and a public push for a debate on new gun control laws is a hot topic, especially after even more recent shootings. I was interested in what the actual, unbiased statistics were as far as how many gun related murders are committed each year in the United States. I did my own digging around on the FBI’s website for violent crimes here: Crime in the United States – FBI Statistics
The result might be shocking to some of the people raising an outcry, and especially to the media who seems to be covering the issue nonstop.
The Straight Statistics:
1995: 16,305 murders involving firearms (a 46.3% increase compared to 1985)
2007: 10,129 murders involving firearms (out of 14,916 murders total)
2011: 8,583 murders involving firearms (out of 12,664 murders total)
Results: Murders involving firearms have dropped by 50% in the last 15 years roughly. They have also been steadily decreasing a substantial amount each year over the past 5 years.
The real issue here could be seen as the media. Media exposure in our daily lives and fast online social communication of media coverage is currently making every issue into a far bigger deal than it would have seemed in the past. This quickly leads to more people taking more actions and taking more action than ever before. This applies to all issues, not just gun control, and could very well be a good thing in many cases. However it is important for us to always consider the facts, rather than go off of what we hear on a 15 second news snippet.
You be the judge on what to do with this information, and please feel free to check these stats and also share any other interesting ones you may find.