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Gun Violence Down In Five Year Period

October 9, 2000

As the crime rate fell in general, gunshot wounds inflicted during the course of crimes fell during the five years ending in 1997, according to new Justice Department figures.

The FBI, hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that from 1993 to 1997:

  • Gunshot wounds from any kind of crime fell from 64,100 to 39,400.
  • And firearm related homicides dropped 27 percent, from 18,3000 to 13,300.

Experts credit the change to the breakup of violent drug markets, the good economy, and anti-crime efforts in neighborhoods, schools and churches.

The figures also show that a disproportionate number of gunshot victims were black -- almost half -- and four out of five gunshot victims were male.

Source: Kevin Johnson, "Gun Injuries in Crimes Fall 40% in 5 Years," USA Today, October 9, 2000.


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