Both the USA Today and the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday that the FBI has released the Uniform Crime Statistics for '98, and in the four categories of violent crimes (murder, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape) that they track:
Homicides: down 7%
Robberies (w/ guns): down 10%. The largest decrease of any one category.
Overall violent/property crime: down 6%
This is the seventh straight year of decline, and the single largest decline of the '90s.
The various articles cite several reasons; they may or may not be correct. The Gazette is a moderate to slightly conservative paper, yet they cited a slightly liberal article by Sherida Warner of The New York Times; the USA Today, which I feel is moderate to slightly liberal, used their own article co-written by Gary Fields and Kevin Johnson, that I feel was more moderate in tone.
I am not trying to use the lables “liberal” or “conservative” derisively; merely as an indication of the relative “slant” of the articles.
Neither article was strongly pro- or anti-gun (for those of you who know me ;)), so please don’t think I’m trolling!
My question to you all is this:
“To what do you attribute the decline in violence?”
“To what do you attribute the overall decline in crime?”