82% of Americans misinformed on gun crime.


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45_auto
May 8, 2013, 06:33 PM
Gun sales up, gun crime plunges - any correlation?

Wonder why there's been no mention of rising gun sales versus falling gun crime rates during all the discussion on gun control.

Seems strange that only 12% of Americans know the truth about gun crime rates while 82% were wrong - too bad the media isn't interested in correcting this misinformation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gun-crimes-pew-report-20130507,0,3022693.story

Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.

Despite the remarkable drop in gun crime, only 12% of Americans surveyed said gun crime had declined compared with two decades ago, according to Pew, which surveyed more than 900 adults this spring. Twenty-six percent said it had stayed the same, and 56% thought it had increased.

Historical NICS checks:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/total-nics-background-checks-1998_2013_monthly_yearly_totals-033113.pdf

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Texan Scott
May 8, 2013, 07:22 PM
Nice. Next time someone says "90% of Americans support..."....

Tell them "Maybe, but 82% of them are idiots".

jstein650
May 8, 2013, 07:33 PM
Hell, we already know at least 51% of the electorate are idiots, look who's in the White House...

barnbwt
May 8, 2013, 11:39 PM
Gun sales up, gun crime plunges - any correlation?


Probably has more to do with the increases in standard of living since 20 years ago. Where bored, idle gang bangers used to run wild all day, they now stay indoors playing Xbox or messing around on phones. More people than ever have air conditioning, too, and that's probably correlated with seasonal crime rate reductions more than anything :D

I'll bet some intelligent Pysch and Poli-Psy majors will be using this in papers about the effects of propaganda...

TCB

yzguy87
May 8, 2013, 11:46 PM
Regardless of what is or isn't the cause of declining crime rates we all know that the cause of crime isn't guns. Let's not forget those politicians who preach such lies to the general public and give them what is coming to them when future elections take place... a majority vote out the door!

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