We all hear it every day from the anti-rights cultists, their blind followers, the main stream media. "Gun violence is at epidemic proportions." But, what's the truth about the gun violence? The truth is, the homicide rate is nearly the lowest level it's been in 50 years. 1962 had a homicide rate of 4.6, 2011 had a homicide rate of 4.7.
I looked at the homicide rates since the 1900's. I certainly didn't want to make a graph with 111 entries, so I averaged the homicide rate for each decade. While the graph shows that the 70s had the highest average, the highest homicide rate was actually in 1980 at 10.7/100k, however, looking back over the decades, we can see that the current average for 2010s is lower than any time since 1907.
So what is 'epidemic' about homicides? The 24 hour news cycle and the ability for anyone and everyone to KNOW about the homicides. Homicide rates aren't going up, the reporting of homicides is going up. The mantra of the media is 'if it bleeds, it leads'.
The next time that an anti-rights cultist bigot tell you that the gun death is out of control, remind them that most of them aren't old enough to remember when the 'gun death' rate was lower, unless of course they're 70 years old.
BUT WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH GUNS???
Historically, homicide makes up about 1.2% of the total violent crimes and, historically, guns are used in about 68% of murders. If the murder rate is going down, so is the murder rate with firearms, or 'gun deaths' as the anti-rights cultists calls it.
Moving on to the Violent Crime Rates.
As you can see, the violent crime rate is also falling. Not quite as fast as the murder rate, but still. As a matter of fact, the violent crime rate hasn't been this low since 1972, when the rate was 401.0 and for reference, the violent crime rate in 1962 was 162.3.
All information was obtained from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports