Zero Hedge: Americans Convinced Gun Homicides Soar Despite Actual Plunge In Gun Crimes!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 13:39
Cognitive Dissonance 101:
May 8, 2013
In yet another example of the massive gap between the American people’s perception of what is going on around them (whether by propaganda channels or simply cognitive bias) and the actual reality, Reuters reports that while gun-related homicides are down 39% from the 1993 peak, only 12% of people believe that gun crimes have fallen. Non-fatal firearm crimes declined by 69% to 467,300 in the same period but 56% of Americans believe that gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago, the Pew Research Center said its poll showed. The dichotomy between record food stamp usage (and non-employment) and multi-year highs in consumer sentiment comes to mind – we wonder which is more ‘real’.
Original Pew Research Survey: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-...
and... when the anti-gun LA Times is even admitting this?
Topsy Turvy world:
By Emily Alpert This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
May 7, 2013, 12:46 p.m.
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.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.