Study: Gun violence plummeted, but people think it increased

The reality of declining gun violence in America is starkly at odds with public perception, a new study finds.

The gun homicide rate shrank by 49 percent between 1993 and 2010, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Violent crime rates surged in the 1960s and ’70s, peaked in the ’80s and early ’90s, and then began to fall dramatically. The decline leveled off in the early 2000s, but resumed in 2007.

Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of the book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Declined,” said the study’s findings didn’t surprise him....more

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