NYT: Woo-Hoo! Gun Homicides Are Up Only 51% Since Ferguson!
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From the New York Times news section:

After Rise in Murders During the Pandemic, a Sharp Decline in 2023

The country is on track for a record drop in homicides, and many other categories of crime are also in decline, according to the F.B.I.

By Tim Arango and Campbell Robertson
Dec. 29, 2023, 5:01 a.m. ET

Detroit is on track to record the fewest murders since the 1960s. In Philadelphia, where there were more murders in 2021 than in any year on record, the number of homicides this year has fallen more than 20 percent from last year. And in Los Angeles, the number of shooting victims this year is down more than 200 from two years ago.

The decrease in gun violence in 2023 has been a welcome trend for communities around the country, though even as the number of homicides and the number of shootings have [sic] fallen nationwide, they remain higher than on the eve of the pandemic.

Well, how much higher?

In 2020, as the pandemic took hold and protests convulsed the nation after the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, the United States saw the largest increase in murders ever recorded. Now, as 2023 comes to a close, the country is likely to see one of the largest—if not the largest—yearly declines in homicides, according to recent F.B.I. data and statistics collected by independent criminologists and researchers.

This is actually an improvement in prestige media reporting on the 2020s murder surge, in that the sacred name of St. George of Floyd is mentioned in the third paragraph as having something vaguely to do with the huge increase in homicides in 2020.

All right, I don’t have the total homicide or murder totals for 2023, but I do have the gun homicide figures for 2023 as crowd sourced from GunViolenceArchive.org:

If you look at gun homicides, they are still up an historic 20% since 2019.

If you look at mass shootings (4 or more wounded or dead), they are up vastly since Ferguson in 2014:


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