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DOJ: Firearms-Related Homicides Drop 39% in 18 Years; Nonfatal Firearms Crimes Plummet 69%
Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/7/2013 | Joe Schoffstall

Posted on 05/07/2013 3:49:38 PM PDT by markomalley

New statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) show firearm related homicides have declined 39 percent over the course of 18 years in the United States. Nonfatal firearm crimes have decreased 69 percent in the same time period.

"Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent and nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent from 1993 to 2011, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011," says a press release from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

It continues, "For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period from 1993 to 2002. The number of firearm homicides declined from 1993 to 1999, rose through 2006 and then declined through 2011. Nonfatal firearm violence declined from 1993 through 2004 before fluctuating in the mid- to late 2000s."

Perhaps one of the biggest findings is that only two percent of state prison inmates who owned a gun at the time of their offense bought it at either a flea market or gun show:

"In 2004 (the most recent year of data available), among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of the offense, fewer than two percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show. About 10 percent of state prison inmates said they purchased it from a retail store or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source."

Highlights from the report include:

The report, Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 (NCJ 241730), was produced by Michael Planty and Jennifer Truman.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 05/07/2013 3:49:38 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: HiJinx; bang_list

That”SHOOTS DOWN ‘Os’ GUN CONTROL LIES” (pardon the pun).


2 posted on 05/07/2013 3:55:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: markomalley

what a crisis


3 posted on 05/07/2013 3:57:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

The commie’s crisis is our liberty.


4 posted on 05/07/2013 4:29:56 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: markomalley

So, the clear legislative path is to go after the 2%, right?


5 posted on 05/07/2013 5:23:55 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: markomalley

So, gun crimes are down at the same time gun ownership and guns sales are at an all time high. If we use the same kind of prima facie cause-and-effect logic used by the gun grabbers, then I would maintain that increased gun ownership and sales have CAUSED gun crimes to decrease, and therefore we need even MORE gun ownership and gun sales. That way, gun crimes would go down even more.

Who knows, this might even be a correct inference, given that:

1. An armed society is a polite society.

2. More good guys with guns than bad guys with guns is gonna make bad guys committing crimes with guns much more dangerous (to the bad guys).


6 posted on 05/07/2013 5:30:13 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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