The wing-nuts want us to believe that there are less gun related homicides now than in the past. Well, in a way they're right, but it has nothing to do with less gun violence. The homicide rate is falling because trauma medicine has advanced.
Here are the facts from WSJ (definitely not a liberal media outlet).
In Medical Triumph, Homicides Fall Despite Soaring Gun Violence
Barry Fields and Cameron McWhirter
The Wall Street Journal
December 8, 2012
The medical team at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore attended to a man who had been shot in the face. While more people in the U.S. are getting shot, doctors have gotten better at patching them up.
BALTIMORE—The number of U.S. homicides has been falling for two decades, but America has become no less violent.
Crime experts who attribute the drop in killings to better policing or an aging population fail to square the image of a more tranquil nation with this statistic: The reported number of people treated for gunshot attacks from 2001 to 2011 has grown by nearly half.
"Did everybody become a lousy shot all of a sudden? No," said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, a union that represents about 330,000 officers. "The potential for a victim to survive a wound is greater than it was 15 years ago."
In other words, more people in the U.S. are getting shot, but doctors have gotten better at patching them up. Improved medical care doesn't account for the entire decline in homicides but experts say it is a major factor.
Emergency-room physicians who treat victims of gunshot and knife attacks say more people survive because of the spread of hospital trauma centers—which specialize in treating severe injuries—the increased use of helicopters to ferry patients, better training of first-responders and lessons gleaned from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read the rest and watch the video here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...31360684277812