FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low

FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low, by Ryan McMaken.

The US homicide rate in 2014… was 4.5 per 100,000, [which] follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963… Homicide rates were considerably higher in the United States during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, but over the past 25 years, have fallen nearly continuously.

Meanwhile, from 1994 to 2013 while the murder rate halved,

the number of new guns in the US that were either manufactured in the US or imported into the US increased 141 percent … a gross total of 132 million new guns were added into the US population over that time period.

Doesn’t that suggest more guns decrease the murder rate?

Naturally, these facts are steadfastly ignored by people … like the constitutional law Professor David S. Cohen who wrote Monday at Rolling Stone that the second Amendment must be repealed because it is “a threat to liberty” and a “suicide pact.” …

[W]e must ask ourselves if the US was engaged in a “suicide pact” in the 1940s and 1950s when homicide rates where at historic lows, when the Second Amendment existed, and when gun control measures were very weak by modern standards.

As mentioned in a previous post on guns, gun violence seems to be acceptably low among the white sub-population in the US, but unfortunately high among the black sub-population. The rate at which blacks commit murder is about seven times higher than whites, and young black males commit about 27 times more murders than their fair share of the population.

hat-tip Matthew