Here’s some news you may not hear too about much. Firearms-related fatalities declined year over year from 2017 to 2018. Without any new nationally imposed limitations on firearms.
The number of incidents, injuries, and deaths all rose the last three years of Barack Obama’s tenure as President. The trend continued into 2017 but in 2018 things started to head the other way.
At least 14,611 Americans were killed by guns last year, excluding most suicides, according to data collected by Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings through media and law enforcement reports. That’s a nearly 7 percent drop compared to last year, and the first decline recorded by GVA in its five-year history. …
GVA recorded 28,159 firearm injuries in 2018, a 10 percent decrease over 2017. Unlike its gun death counts, GVA’s tallies of nonfatal shootings are significantly lower than estimates produced by the CDC. GVA director Mark Bryant said the discrepancy can be chalked up to issues with the CDC’s methodology, which The Trace has reported on previously.
Bearing Arms also reminds us that overall violent crime continues to trend downward.
Using the FBI numbers, the violent crime rate fell 49% between 1993 and 2017. Using the BJS data, the rate fell 74% during that span.
Throughout that decline, the Clinton Assault Weapons ban was repealed, and numerous states have loosened or scrapped rules for handgun carry permits. Put simply, more access and more weapons have resulted in a downward trend in all violent crime.
Meanwhile, in liberal cities, gun restrictions mount alongside victims of violent crime and murder despite national trends. Those numbers that might improve if Democrats tried something different, but they won’t. Violence and crime are not their chief concern.
Disarming civilians is. Even at the expense of their lives.