According to research from the Pew Research Center, the FBI, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun violence in America is actually on the decline compared to the past 30 years, thanks in part to the increased number and effectiveness of police officers.
Gun Violence Has Declined Since '90sThese statistics show significant decreases since the 1980s in overall homicides, which includes suicides, murders, police shootings and accidental deaths — and gun use as the cause of those homicides.
According to a Pew analysis of gun deaths based on CDC statistics, there were seven homicides by firearm per 100,000 Americans in 1993 and only 3.6 by 2013, a decrease by almost half. The nation’s overall gun death rate has declined by 30 percent since 1993.
The number of shootings resulting in an outcome other than death decreased at an even greater rate, from 725 in 1993 to 175 in 2013.