Pew Study: U.S. Firearm Homicides Down 50% Since 1990s While Gun Ownership Up 60 Percent
Several mass shootings this year have brought renewed attention to the issue of gun violence in America, and President Obama has again called for Congress to change the nation's gun laws.
But the increased spotlight on guns does not reflect the overall gun violence trend in the country. Although most Americans tend to think the number of gun crimes has risen, the U.S. gun homicide rate has actually stabilized somewhat in recent years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of death certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 1993 to 2013, the number of firearm deaths per 100,000 persons has declined from 7.0 to 3.6.
Also during the period 1994 — 2015, gun ownership in the U.S. has increased by more than 60 percent, from 192 million to over 315 million firearms.
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