Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993.


~Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware … Pew Research Center, May 7, 2013

U.S. firearm homicides peaked in 1993 at 7.0 deaths per 100,000 people. But by 2010, the rate was 49% lower [3.6], and [generally speaking] firearm-related violence — assaults, robberies, sex crimes — was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993, the study found. Those drops parallel an overall decline in violent non-fatal crime, with or without a gun, the study said. In fact, gun-related homicide rates in the late 2000s were “equal to those not seen since the early 1960s,” the study found.

~ Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply in past 20 years. By CNN Staff, May 9, 2013

What is Behind the Violent Crime Decline?


At the Root of these efforts are states’ legislators:



See also the above trend in some more details (1986-2013):

permit_history 1986-2013

Meanwhile, the media does a great job to hide this inconvenient truth:


Source: Pew Research Center, May 7, 2013

Long story short: