Thanks to highly publicized shootings like Sandy Hook, the Aurora Theater shooting, the recent Las Vegas shooting, and a number of school shootings, more than half of Americans believe that gun violence and gun homicides are on the rise.
But perception is not reality.
Although you’d never guess it by watching the nightly news, gun-related deaths are actually dramatically lower than they were two decades ago.
A PEW research study was able to show that the peak of U.S. gun homicide was more than 21 years ago. Since that time, homicide rates have declined steadily, even as the overall population continues to rise.
2010 saw overall gun-related homicide rate fall 49% from its high point in 1993.
Another surprising statistic is that assaults, robberies, and sex crimes also went down by about 75 percent.
It can be deduced that much of the decline is owing to the fact that more and more Americans continue to arm both themselves and their families in an effort to stop violent crimes before they happen.
Of course, if you were only paying attention to the mainstream media, and letting them form opinions for you, then you might think that gun violence is at an all-time high.
That’s because for the past five years there have been two mass shootings every month, and the mainstream media has always been quick to latch onto these stories and use them as justification for calling for more gun control.
Rather than accurately reporting the real rates of gun violence, the media simply uses these stories as anecdotal evidence for their own ulterior motives.
If more people were exposed to the truth about gun deaths, then perhaps the frenzied push for gun control would lose much of its momentum.