As the Democrats prepare to take over the House of Representatives in January, soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to pass sweeping legislation to stem the tide of “violence.” Get ready to put on your shocked faces because one truth about violent crime has just emerged, blowing a hole in the liberal narrative.
Contrary to what dear old Nancy would lead you to believe, there is no wave of violence that needs to be addressed by additional gun restrictions. In fact, violent crime is declining and has been since the 1990s — all without the help of unconstitutional gun control laws that Democrats would like to pass at the federal level. Once again, Democrats seem to have a “solution” that’s desperately seeking a problem where there isn’t one.
Earlier this month, liberals were hysterical by some numbers from the CDC, which were crunched by the gun control outlet The Trace, showing that the number of gun deaths in the US had surpassed the number of fatalities from traffic accidents. There’s just one big problem with their analysis.
But, first, have a look at what they point to as evidence of a rise in gun-related crime:
Nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2017, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total brings the country’s gun death rate to its highest point in more than two decades.
The CDC’s WONDER public health database shows that 39,773 people died from firearms last year. That works out to a gun death rate of 12.0 per 100,000 people — higher than the rate of death from car accidents of 11.5 per 100,000 people, once the leading cause of fatal injury.
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That hasn’t stopped them from running full-force with the story, though.
Here’s a headline from The Huffington Post: U.S. Gun Violence Claimed More Lives In 2017 Than Ever: CDC
And, here’s another one from Vox: Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017
Well no, guns didn’t kill anyone last year, people using guns did. Guns are inanimate objects that are incapable of taking lives without being manipulated by people. Also, “gun violence” didn’t claim more lives than ever in 2017 as suicide is not what people think of when they hear gun violence.
The Trace even pointed this out:
The increase in the gun death rate, at least in 2017, was driven by suicides. Sixty percent of gun deaths last year were self-inflicted. While the rate of gun homicides has fluctuated over the last decade, the rate of gun suicides has steadily increased.
The truth is, the homicide rate hasn’t fluctuated over the last decade, it has steadily declined. A new study from The Brennan Center of Justice, part of the NY University School Of Law, shows that violent crime is down over the past couple of years and that it is part of a downward trajectory from the 1990s.
Our report, Crime and Murder in 2018: A Preliminary Analysis, concluded that crime and murder in 2018 are again declining nationwide, continuing the historic downward trend.
While this conclusion is based on preliminary data, if the trend holds, the crime rate will fall to its lowest since at least 1990.
Here’s a fun quote from Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, that Democrats should pay attention to: “This is a trend starting in the early ’90s, where crime has been plummeting. We are at all-time lows for
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More gun control laws won’t have any effect on the violent crime rate, but they will create more crime. If Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats were able to pass “assault weapons” and normal-capacity magazine bans