guns

guns

Facts

Guns kill thousands of Americans a year; in fact, only Mexico beats out the US among developed nations when it comes to shooting each other (NationMaster). At the same time, our right to own guns is protected by the Constitution. Such is the set up for one of the country's longest standing policy debates. Anti-gun activists generally don't bother to try to outlaw guns altogether; instead the battle between the pro & anti gun camps focus on sub-issues - bans on particular weapons, the ease with which potential criminals can acquire guns, and attempts to slow down the gun industry through litigation.

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crime & justice overview

Facts

Once the bane of US cities, crime today barely figures on the radar screen of American worries (on the site pollingreport.com, not one poll on national priorities even mentions crime). But although forgotten, crime is not gone. Here we give a statistical snapshot of crime and the government's role in fighting it.

Crime rates

Rate of violent crimes and property crimes - since '73

source: DOJ and DOJ (Note: The FBI's Uniform Crime Report
shows similar trends, but its numbers slightly different. In particular, the FBI numbers show an increase in violent crime in 2005 and 2006.)