BBC: Gun homicides in the United States have fallen sharply since peaking in 1993, two studies have found.
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics said firearms-related homicides had dropped to 11,101 in 2011 from 18,253 - a reduction of 39%. Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center found gun homicides per 100,000 people fell to 3.6% in 2010 from 7% in 1993. The figures were released three weeks after US senators rejected proposals to extend background checks on gun sales.
President Barack Obama has campaigned for tighter firearms laws after 26 people died in a school shooting in Connecticut in December. Both reports found the rate of non-lethal crimes involving guns had also fallen significantly over that period.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, an office of the justice department, found that non-fatal firearms crimes dropped by 69% from 1.5 million to 467,300 during the period under study. However, the justice department study also suggested that the percentage of US homicides committed with a firearm had held steady at around 70% between 1993-2011.
Despite the drop, some 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than two decades ago and only 12% think it is lower, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew also found that African Americans made up a disproportionate share of gun homicide victims - 55% in 2010, despite accounting for 13% of the overall population.WE NEED TO FIX THE BLACK FAMILY - WRECKED BY THE WELFARE STATE EVER SINCE MOYNIHAN WARNED US IN THE 1960'S.
BLACK MALES RAISED IN HOMES WITHOUT RESPONSIBLE FATHER FIGURES ARE THE MAJOR PROBLEM.
IT'S NOT THE FAULT OF THE BLACK SINGLE MOTHERS; THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH THEY CAN DO FOR THEIR YOUNG BOYS; THEY NEED DAILY RESPONSIBLE, FATHERLY MALE HELP RAISING BOYS.AND WE NEED TO FIX THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND OUR MENTAL HEALTH LAWS.
WE DO NOT NEED MORE GUN CONTROL.
THE CALL FOR MORE GUN CONTROL IS BULLSHIT MEANT TO RILE UP THE LEFTIST BASE, AND THEY'RE IDIOTIC AND SYCOPHANTIC ENOUGH TO BUY IT.