For openers, 70 percent of all homicides in the U.S. are committed with a firearm. And a majority of those firearms are handguns.
Second, gun homicide rates in the United States have actually
dropped 49 percent between 1993 and 2010 (while other types of gun violence
have dropped 75 percent), but Americans don't seem to know it. Fully 56 percent of Americans
believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12 percent think it is