FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low

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By Ryan McMaken. June 15th, 2016

The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000. The 2014 total follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963 when the rate was 4.6 per 100,000. To find a lower homicide rate, we must travel back to 1957 when the total homicide rate hit 4.0 per 100,000.

Homicide rates were considerably higher in the United States during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, but over the past 25 years, have fallen nearly continuously:

Ask the average American if crime is falling in the United States, however, and you're unlikely to hear about how homicide is at a 51-year low.

As Pew has reported in recent years, in fact, the American public is "unaware" that the homicide rate in the United States has fallen by 49 percent over the past twenty years. And while Pew doesn't report on it, it's also a safe bet that the public is also unaware that homicide rates have collapsed as total gun ownership in the United States has increased significantly. .......

In the pro-gun community, we already see the relationship between a steady reduction of homicides vs the steady increase in firearms ownership. This is something of course that the anti-gun people and the media choose to ignore, concentrating instead on high profile events such as mass shootings - not to mention the absurd emphasis on "assault weapons". There is no better deterrant against armed crime than an armed law abiding society.

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