Since 1993, the United States has seen a drop in the rate of
homicides and other violence involving guns, according to two new
studies released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a
steep drop for violence in the 1990s, they saw more modest drops
in crime rates since 2000.
"Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993
to 11,101 in 2011," according to a report by the federal , "and
nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in
1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
There were seven gun homicides per 100,000 people in 1993, the
says, which dropped to 3.6 gun deaths in 2010. The study relied in
part on data from the .
All of that is good news — but many Americans don't seem to be aware
of it. In a survey, the Pew Research Center found that only 12
percent of Americans believe the gun crime rate is lower today than
it was in 1993...
...56 percent believe it's higher.
Probably because they watched CNN: