Mass shootings such as last year's searing incidents in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., have put gun and mental health policies back atop the nation's agenda. But the narrative of crime over the past two decades runs in a different direction. Law and order has largely vanished as a political issue in 1994, more than half of Americans called crime the nation's most important problem; by 2012, only 2 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said so.
Today, there are more theories about why crime has fallen than there were slayings on Hanover Place in the past decade.
The drop in deaths from firearms and in slayings overall over the past two decades, homicide declined by 80 percent in the District and overall crime fell by 75 percent in New York City has come even as the economy has tanked, the number of guns owned by Americans has soared and the number of young people in the prime crime demographic has peaked.
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