The data were provided by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings and gun deaths using media reports. The Guardian reported earlier that in 2015, 26 percent of U.S. gun homicides occurred in areas with 1.5 percent of the U.S. population.
A significant majority of Americans believe putting people behind bars for non-violent offenses is wrong—and almost three-quarters favor “rehabilitation” over jail when such offenses are committed by those who suffer from mental illness, according to a Zogby Analytics/RTI International poll.
Shootings are a better measure of gun violence than murders are, writes analyst Jeff Asher. Cincinnati is one of the most violent cities among 17 whose data he obtained, as measured by shootings, despite having comparatively few murders. Newark is the opposite: a city with more murders than its shooting rate would suggest.
Murder rates in four big cities have returned to levels not seen since the 1990s.. The Wall Street Journal calls it an alarming surge that police officials are struggling to slow as crime nationally remains at near-historic lows,
Crime is way down in places like San Diego, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Lowell, Mass. Meanwhile, police chiefs hope to show President Trump and his new attorney general that their view of “American carnage” is a distortion of reality.
Some see the increase as an unintended consequence of better antitheft security. Electronic key fobs and codes required to start newer-model cars have made them more difficult to steal — unless the driver is present.
When violence is “spilling into the public, people now are allowing their emotions, their anger to control them rather than rational thoughts,” says expert Eric Lambert. Federal survey found that 1 in 5 violent crimes took place in open areas.
President’s orders seek to define new federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing ones, to further protect local and federal officers from acts of violence, and dismantle international drug cartels. “President Trump intends to build task forces to investigate and stop national trends that don’t exist,” said Jeffrey Robinson of the American Civil Liberties Union.