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Upcoming Bureau of Justice study on gun violence may surprise you

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A Justice Department report slated for official release in July shows that firearm-related homicides have declined 39 percent since 1993, while nonfatal gun crimes dropped an even more impressive 69 percent. This unmistakably positive news could take some of the impetus out of a Democratic push for tougher federal gun restrictions.

The report, entitled “Firearm Violence, 1993-2011,” and dated July 5, 2013, was made available online by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an arm of the Justice Department.


Seems to agree with a Pew study on the subject, although numbers differ slightly. The BJS has 2011 homicides at over 11,000 when the FBI has them at 8,500 or so for example:


Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.


As the Pew study shows, people think gun violence is actually as bad as ever though which seems to be due to media coverage:


Despite the drop, some 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than two decades ago and only 12% think it is lower, according to the Pew Reseach Center.


Unfortunately gun violence still affects the black community more than anyone else:

Pew also found that African Americans made up a disproportionate share of gun homicide victims - 55% in 2010, despite accounting for 13% of the overall population.

In 2010, white people were 25% of victims but 65% of the population, while Hispanics were 17% of victims and 16% of the population.


Just interesting overall, and not something that's likely to be an article on Gawker anytime soon.

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