Yep....more Americans now carry guns for self defense....and our gun murder rate is down from the rate in 1994.......showing that law abiding gun owners do not create more gun crime.... https://www.washingtonpost.com/amph...tter/?noredirect=on&__twitter_impression=true But remember, too, that the question asked about the murder rate — that is, the number of murders as a function of the population. In that regard, the drop is even steeper. In 1994, the FBI data suggest a rate of about 6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people. In 2017, the rate was 3.38 murders, up from the 2014 low in which the rate was less than half of that in 1994. --------- The good news is that gun homicides are down substantially both as a raw total and as a function of population since 1994. The bad news is that many Americans don’t seem to realize that.