In Hopey Changey America, the media’s job is not to inform but to misinform the public so as to advance a statist agenda. It has done its job well regarding gun crime:
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.
The gun murder rate has been reduced by nearly half, and yet:
Despite the remarkable drop in gun crime, only 12% of Americans surveyed said gun crime had declined compared with two decades ago, according to Pew, which surveyed more than 900 adults this spring. Twenty-six percent said it had stayed the same, and 56% thought it had increased.
The national media has deliberately created this misperception by hyping gun crime in an attempt to facilitate Obama et al.’s attack on the Second Amendment.
A prime reason gun crime has fallen is that over the same period it has become much easier for law-abiding citizens to carry firearms, as this animated map from Radical Gun Nuttery illustrates:
More guns in the hands of the law-abiding equals less gun crime.
On tips from Lyle, DaddyOD, wingmann, Bob Roberts, Ben S, and G. Fox. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.