American Gun-Rights Movement: A History Lesson | National Review

The arc of violent crime in the U.S. was no mere “uptick.” Crime rates surged. In 1960 there were just over 9,000 murders and 17,000 rapes in the entire United States. By 1977 — the time of the NRA coup — those numbers had surged to almost 19,000 and 57,000, respectively. Adjusting for population growth, the murder rate had almost doubled, and the rape rate had more than tripled. The overall violent crime rate tripled, and it kept going up, peaking at almost five times the 1960 rate:

Source: American Gun-Rights Movement: A History Lesson | National Review

That would kinda change things, yeah.

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2 thoughts on “American Gun-Rights Movement: A History Lesson | National Review”

  1. I’m guessing rapes were probably severely under-reported. I know even into the ’70’s some murders were under-reported. My parents tell of when they were down south in the early ’70’s that one of the local sheriff’s reported ‘the worst case of suicide I’ve ever seen. Shot himself seven times in the back.’

    1. I wouldn’t bet on that outside of one subgroup– date rape.
      Which I would expect to play into some ‘suicide’ cases like you mention, if the victims are fairly local; if they’re not, then that makes it much more likely that it will get reported.

      There’s also the problem that when a real suicide is local, they’re less likely to record it as a suicide. That dishonors the living family. Results in things like the teacher my mom replaced being listed as death-by-accident when he hung himself in the wood shop.

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