Shhh. You didn’t get it from me.
Oh, why the cloak and dagger? Because apparently I’m revealing a state secret. Or at least that’s how the media’s treatment of the story feels.
It’s the story of the US homicide rate over the past 120 years. And it elaborates on the bit I wrote about here a while back – that while murder rates are down over the past twenty years by something like 50%, a rate that the media would have hailed as a miracle if it’d applied to drunk driving or cancer deaths.
But 56% of the American people had no idea – because the media made sure they had no idea.
And if they don’t know about the past twenty years, you can bet the last hundred are as opaque as the pit of Michael Moore’s soul.
But what else does it track with?
Why, gun control efforts, naturally:
The source of this graph is opaque (which is why I ran the first graph at the top), but the numbers generally jibe with the FBI figures.
The first major post-civil-war gun control measures – mostly aimed at immigrants and blacks – were a little over 100 years ago. Murder spiked during our first big experiment with prohibition. A second major surge began around the time of the 1968 “Gun Control Act” and the “War on Drugs”, and tailed off as not only the ownership but the carry of guns by civilians became ubiquitous outside “progressive” circles and Demcrat-run crime cesspools.
Correlation doesn’t equal causation, of course.
But that’s a lot of correlation.
A lot. Of. Correlation.