Actually, Shootings, And All Killings, Are Down
It seems that everyone wants to get in on the panic.
Michael McCune writes in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette that “Mass shootings have become so much a part of American life that I no longer flinch when I see bullet-riddled bodies on the news.”
Mark Monford at SFGate asks, “Can anything stop America’s savage gun epidemic?”
Alexander Goot, writing for Sports Illustrated, has called for professional ball players to step forward to stop mass shootings, writing in the article This Is Not A Game that, “What if the commissioners, and owners, and unions, who all preside over the humongous business of organized sports in this country, decided to shut it all down until we could all figure out a way to stop killing each other on a routine basis.”
Routine? Epidemic? Mass shootings have become a part of American life? Really?
The truth that people are choosing to ignore is that violence is actually at historically low levels in the United States. Violent crime has decreased dramatically over the last decade – even more over the last 20 years.
The number of people shot with guns in the United States per year has actually decreased by about 40,000 people per year over the last decade.
Yes, there has been a slight uptick in the number of incidents in which many people are shot at once, but the increase is not very dramatic, and the occurrence of mass shootings remains extremely rare.
These simple facts are available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. They show that the United States is actually less violent, and more safe, than it used to be.
People freaking out on the Left need to calm down and accept that, actually, there is not an epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
People freaking out on the Right need to calm down and accept that, actually, terrorism almost never happens in the United States.
The religious belief in an epidemic of victimization is unfounded. The United States of Homeland Insecurity is populated by ninnies. It’s time to pop the bubble of panic. There is no crisis of gun violence of terrorism.
Nothing’s perfect, but things are pretty much okay. Deal with it.