US gun homicides at 20-year low, surveys say
Gun homicides in the United States have fallen sharply since peaking in 1993, two studies have found.
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics said firearms-related homicides had dropped to 11,101 in 2011 from 18,253 – a reduction of 39%.
Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center found gun homicides fell to 3.6 per 100,000 people in 2010 from 7 in 1993.
This graph from the Pew Research Center gives a little more context.
I spent some time looking but could not find a graph for a longer period of time, but note that the rate hasn’t been this low in the last 30 years.
If you would like to read the Bureau of Justice Statistics report you can find it here: Firearm Violence, 1993-2011
- Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
- Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
- Firearm violence accounted for about 70% of all homicides and less than 10% of all nonfatal violent crime from 1993 to 2011.
- From 1993 to 2011, about 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun.
- Males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24 had the highest rates of firearm homicide from 1993 to 2010.
- About 61% of nonfatal firearm violence was reported to the police in 2007-11.
The Pew Research study can be found here: Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware
Despite the attention to gun violence in recent months, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is markedly lower than it was two decades ago.