arma virumque cano (et alia)
Notice how this chart tells you exactly what we've been telling you all along? Our rates of violent crime, including homicide, peaked in the early 90s and have dropped since. At the same time, gun laws have loosened in most of America.
"Crime’s not as bad as it was 20 years ago, but it’s still dangerous out there." And that makes us paranoid because we want to defend ourselves? This seems to be a good advertisement for getting a carry permit.
One thing I haven't heard about in all our discussions is 1980.