Studies Show Significant Drop in Gun Violence

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As gun control advocates continue to push for tougher restrictions, two new studies show gun violence is actually decreasing in the United States.

Tuesday's Justice Department report reveals gun related homicides are down 39 percent from their peak in 1993.

Another report by the Pew Research Center found a drop of 49 percent. Both studies indicate non-fatal crimes involving guns were down by about 70 percent over that same period.

"It's not just gun crime - it's all crime has gone down," said David Hemenway, a professor at Harvard's School of Public Health. "But from the news, it sounds like school shootings are way up. Certainly since Newtown, these things are huge news. So people believe things must be worse."

"The public doesn't get its feelings out of crime statistics," Alfred Blumstein, an urban systems professor at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, noted. "The public gets its feelings from particularly notorious events, and what the press talks about."

Some believe gun-control advocates are capitalizing on recent tragic events that do not reflect legitimate crime rate statistics across America.

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