The US Justice Dept. announced that the overall crime rate has dropped to a 32 year low. However the report contained the bad news that violent crimes Homicides and Gun related crime has risen over last year, confirming antedotal evidence.
Criminal Justice experts blame the increase on the Bush administration backing off gun control and with deep cuts in federal crime fighting aid. The fall off in aid is directly attributable to the increase funds the administration is giving localities for more Homeland Security, especially aid to cities.