Department of Sociology

Dr. Mark Warr on Discrepancy Between Decreasing Crime Rate and Public Perception

Mon, April 15, 2013

In an Associated Press article Dr. Mark Warr weighs in on the issue of self-defense in the ongoing gun debate.

" 'Americans don't know that the crime rate has been going down,' said Warr, noting that public perception is shaped by television crime dramas and news reports focusing on the most violent offenses. 'What happens is that people watch this dangerous image of the world and they buy into the idea that the world is a really, really dangerous place.' "

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