Setback for gun control lobby as figures reveal homicides have FALLEN over past 30 years

by Associated Press, Mail Online  |  published on May 8, 2013

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Gun homicides have dropped 39 per cent in the United States since 1993, a pair of reports released today showed in an apparent setback to the campaign for tighter firearms controls.

A study released Tuesday by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.

Another report by the private Pew Research Center found a similar decline by looking at the rate of gun homicides, which compares the number of killings to the size of the country’s population.

The surprising findings are likely to dampen calls for tighter firearms legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.

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