Headlines can be misleading.
Gun murders are down 39% since 1993, according to a new Justice Department report. Crimes with guns are down by an even bigger 70%. Gun murders totaled 11,101 in 2011. That was a decline of 7,152 from the 1993 total of 18,253 in 1993.
This is good news, but more work remains to further reduce homicide, suicide, and crime.