“Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show. Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly release report by the Pew Research Center. In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.”
Interesting timing, don’t you think? This information would have been invaluable during the months of Democrat-fueled hysteria following the Newtown tragedy, when gun violence suddenly was represented far and wide, on television, in print and on the stump, as a deepening crisis so serious and deadly that it warranted pushing all other priorities aside. Now, after the dishonest and emotion-based assault on guns and gun-ownership stalled, the public is provided with the information, always there and waiting in official government statistics, that would have placed the need for new gun laws in proper perspective. Instead, the public was treated to laments by mourning parents, scripted statements by Gaby Giffords, and harangues by Piers Morgan.
Gee. I wonder why more than half the public believes that gun violence is getting worse?
The information would have been invaluable, but it also would have been damaging to the anti-gun agenda, narrative, and fiction. The Los Angeles Times, hardly a bastion of the NRA, asked its online readers, “Does the decline in gun crime weaken the case for gun control?” 94% of almost 32,000 responders voted “yes.” Of course they did. That’s why President Obama, his political allies and the fully-committed anti-gun mainstream media withheld that data, which was easily obtainable, during the contentious debates in the wake of Newtown. (“Transparency! Transparency!”) Better to leave that inconvenient statistic to come from the NRA, so it would be discounted as biased and false. The Pew foundation found that women, blacks, and the elderly were most prone to believe that gun violence is increasing. You know. Democrats. They are most likely to accept the deceits of their own partisan heroes, and to be most forgiving afterwards, when the lies are revealed. Besides, they want their illusions to be true, because they just don’t like guns or respect gun ownership.
So let’s take stock, shall we? A horrendous but unprecedented shooting at an elementary school was seized upon by the White House to launch what was seen as an effective distraction from the budget battles, and an opportunity to paint Republicans and conservatives as heartless and doctrinaire. With full complicity of the news media, which dropped all pretense of objectivity and fairness, the public was subjected to a full pageant representing the threat to the lives of children as having reached a monstrous level demanding new and stringent laws and regulations. Children were used to dress the sets when the President spoke; dead children were evoked in cartoons and op-eds and testimony before committees, even though none of the measures being proposed would have stopped the deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary. The public was whipped up into a frenzy of fear, and also hate, with the NRA and its members being the primary targets, but also anyone who questioned the wisdom of legislation passed through panic, bullying, and exploitation.
And while all of this was going on, with President Obama and Vice-President Biden cheerleading throughout, the Bureau of Justice Statistics had data on hand showing that the number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, and that non-fatal gun crimes fell by 69%. This is a problem that is getting much better, not worse, and fast….and this was what the Administration portrayed as a dire emergency, worthy of the President’s prime attention, and that of Congress.
Yet there are so many genuine crises, looming, gathering and festering, that do need immediate attention: the debt; the infrastructure, education, health care, and many more. Most of all there is a crisis of trust, with fewer Americans than ever believing that their government and leaders are competent and have their best interests at heart. This disgraceful episode not only failed to address that crisis—-it made it worse.
Pointer: Washington Post
Facts: LA Times
Graphic: Kids Britannica