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Gun Murders Down, But You Might Not Know It

Posted By Tamara Lytle On May 13, 2013 @ 3:31 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled

Gun murders have plunged in the United States, and the rates are lowest for older Americans, according to a new study [1] from the Pew Research Center.

800px-S&W_60_3in [2]In 2010, the rate of firearm homicides was 8 per million for people 65 and older (down from 14 per million in 1993) and 23 per million for people ages 41-64 (down from 42 per million in 1993).

The firearm-homicide rate for all ages was 36 per million, still a lot better than the peak of 70 per million in 1993.

Older Americans, the study shows, are also the least likely to be victimized in non-fatal violent crimes. Americans 65 and older made up 15 percent of the 12-and-older population in 2011, for example, but had only a 3 percent victimization rate.

High-profile shootings like the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., have focused the public’s attention on the issue and prompted a renewed debate in Congress about gun laws [3].

The Pew center notes that its own surveys show that 56 percent of the public – and 61 percent of Americans 50 and older – think that gun crime rates [4] are higher now than they were two decades ago, even though the opposite is true.


Photo: Dori via Wikipedia [5]


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[1] to a new study: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/

[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/800px-SW_60_3in.jpg

[3] gun laws: http://www.aarp.org/videos.id=2310345510001/

[4] gun crime rates: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/02/02/clint-eastwood-explains-his-position-on-gun-control/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Dori via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:S%26W_60_3in.jpg

[6] Age Divide Narrows on Hot-Button Social Issues: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/06/age-divide-narrows-on-hot-button-social-and-moral-issues-gallup-poll/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[7] Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Do CPR: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/04/woman-dies-after-nurse-refuses-to-do-cpr/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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