Pew Study: Firearms Homicides Down by Nearly Half

Law Shield members should note that the annual rate of firearm-related homicides in America declined by nearly 50 percent between 1993 and 2013, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of death certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the gun homicide rate dropped by nearly half, from 7 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2013.

“How can this be,” we ask gun prohibitionists? During this same span, gun sales of all types have skyrocketed, as have the number of concealed-carry permit holders, which now number more than 12.8 million permit holders in 2015, according to to the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Clearly, the Pew data show that during a doubling (or more) in the ownership of privately held guns, firearms-related homicides plunged. More guns don’t equal more crime, it seems.

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