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Crime Data is Readily Available

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Crime Data is Readily Available

Crime and public safety are central components of gun control rhetoric, so we’d like to make crime statistics as accessible as possible.

Using data from the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States Report and the Uniform Crime Report, we’ve added a simple and interactive visualization to our crime facts page. Users can view historical trends for crime rate by crime type, by state, and by year. Compare states to each other or to the national rate. Our data runs from 1960 through 2018, the most recent data available from the FBI. 

Take a look at the trend. Use your cursor to hover over a section of the line chart to see the details on that data point. The drop-down menus at the top can be used to isolate a particular state or states as well as a narrower range of years or a specific type of crime. The available types of crime are aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, larceny, murder, rape (legacy definition), rape (revised definition), robbery, and totals for property crime and for violent crime. This data will be updated as new data is released.  

The bar at the bottom of the page can be used to download a copy of your visualization to share with friends, neighbors, or legislators. Data is a tool we can use to help protect our gun rights. 





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