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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  from the Pew Research Center.
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 .
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  are higher now than they were two decades ago, even though the opposite is true.
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