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Gun Violence Trends
Although the violent crime rate in the U.S. has generally decreased over the past 15 years, the gun murder rate has hardly changed—and there is some evidence that non-fatal shootings may have actually increased.
Nearly 12,000 Americans are murdered with guns every year -- a rate more than 20 times higher than that of other developed countries. Although the violent crime rate has generally decreased over the past 15 years, the gun murder rate in the U.S. has hardly changed and the number of non-fatal shootings has actually increased.