Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Talk about a disconnect

A recent report by the Bureau of Justice found that gun violence had dropped by 40% over the last 20 years.  That's a large effect, one that you would think would be recognized by the general public.  But apparently, not.  According to a recent poll put out by the Pew Research Center, 56% of those surveyed thought that gun violence was on the rise.  So the question is, why the disconnect?  I have two thoughts: first, since the liberal MSM is decidedly anti-guns, the incentive to report such facts is very weak, whereas the incentive to report instances of gun violence is strong.  In other words, only negative stories involving guns are likely to be disseminated.  Secondly, according to the LA Times article I'm relying on in this post, the groups in the Pew survey most likely to say gun violence is on the rise are groups that typically support Democrats and, by extension, likely to be anti-gun as well: women, minorities, and the elderly.  You can read the LA Times article here.