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Blaming ‘Gun Violence’ for a Loss of Public Trust

Loss of Public Trust Misdirection: Blaming ‘Gun Violence’ ‘Gun Violence’

A recent article published on The Conversation draws a correlation between the psychological impact of so called “gun violence” on Americans and reduced trust. Victims of violent crime can, understandably so, be psychologically affected by the choices of a criminal’s intent on inflicting harm. However, the article uses outdated data to try and connect victims of violence with reduced levels of trust. The author cites obsolete information from the U.S. General Social Survey which covers data collected from 1973 to 1994. Unsurprisingly, there is also a false assertion that violent crime has been rising in recent years. Violent crime peaked in the United States...

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