Good Question: Are We More Violent Than Before?

Good question.

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. to Sunday’s temple attack outside Milwaukee, Wis. — two mass shootings in two weeks have raised a lot of Good Questions.

Like, are we more violent than we’ve ever been before? We found how easily perception can play tricks on reality.

The stories are heartbreaking, the crimes are senseless. They are disturbing, no doubt, but maybe not as dark as these days may seem.

For nearly 20 years, Chris Uggen has studied crime and its effects on society as a professor at the University of Minnesota.

“I think it’s important to point out both the long-term trend and the shorter-term trend is very positive,” Uggen said. “I often tell my students the rate of criminal violence is lower today than at any point in my lifetime and I was born in 1964.”

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