Beginning with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that resulted in the brutal deaths of 28 people (including 20 children) back in 2012, the debate over gun control and the true meaning of the 2nd amendment has been more in the forefront of public discourse than ever before.
Many Americans are outraged at the mass shootings that continue to occur, and wish to do something more about them, most likely through the passing of anti-gun legislation. Detractors of this course of action are arguing, among other things, that making it harder to buy guns or making certain guns illegal altogether will not stop a madman from going through with mass murder.
Regardless of one’s stance on the issue, there are some statistics that are very much contrary to the tone of the conversation currently gripping the nation.
According to CNN, firearm homicides peaked in the United States in 1993 at a rate of 7 people in every 100,000. By 2010, however, the rate was down 49% from this number. Most of this decline occurred during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, with the rate of gun-related deaths leveling off by the mid-2000’s.
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Interestingly, the United States still has a higher rate of homicide than any other developed country, though the rates of all other crimes are not higher than those of other developed countries.
All of these statistics will be surprising to many people, especially considering the many gun-related homicides that appear on all news sources from television to print and everything in between. The question remains, however, is an improvement good enough?
Shooting deaths may be down in number, but it seems that, whether the situation is improving or worsening, the American public at large is fed up with the problem altogether. With this being the case, many pro-gun citizens are worried that legislation could be passed that will restrict the gun rights of Americans.