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Less chance of being a victim of gun violence today than in years

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To the editor,
In her letter of Friday May 10, Bernadette Loesch wrote that "The gun violence epidemic is not a Democrat, Republican or any other political party problem."
The truth is, the supposed "gun violence epidemic" which Bernadette and President Obama refer to, is not there at all.
Current FBI statistics report crime, in general, is at near historic lows, versus the population. Also, a newspaper article published on Thursday, May 9 states that a recent study by the Pew Research Center shows gun crime is the lowest it has been in 10 years, having peaked in the early 1990s at slightly higher then 7 per 100,000 population and has dropped steeply by almost 50 percent, to about 3.5 per 100,000 population.
In other words, the alleged, "gun violence epidemic" that Bernadette refers to does not exist. And considering that I have heard the president make recent references to the, alleged "gun violence epidemic", I would have to say that the, supposed, epidemic is certainly being pushed by the Democrats as well as a biased and liberal media that drills sensationalist events, such as a mass murder, into the public minds by rehashing stories over and over and repeatedly showing the same few seconds of video until folks feel that society is coming apart at the seams unless we do something drastic... now!
In reality, this is probably the safest time in the last decade or so for the average citizen to go about their business and feel free from the chance of being a crime victim.
C'mon people, it's time to quite letting party politics and a sensationalist media do the thinking for you and start giving your brains a chance.
Michael G. Shanks
New Hampton