Gun violence has actually plunged in the U.S. since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, according to two new studies of government data.
At the same time, a majority of Americans believe it is on the rise.
Gun crime statistics are comprised of murders, assaults, robberies and other crimes, and the Pew Research Center found that they're down overall.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half, their research suggested, while other gun crimes fell even more sharply.
This parallels a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns, which peaked during the 1990s and has fallen sharply since then.