Gun Crime and Violent Crime Drops, But Most Americans Don't Know It

While gun sales in the U.S. have been at record highs over the past four years, and while state concealed carry laws have been widely adopted and expanded over the past 20 years, crime committed with guns is down dramatically over the same period. According to Pew Research Center, "Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower [per 100,000 people] in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation's population grew.

Roberta's Law

Senate Bill 160, dubbed "Roberta's Law," was signed into law by Governor Kasich last week.  The law provides for automatic notification to victims when an offender is scheduled for a parole hearing, though victims could choose to opt out.  The legislation was introduced in response to the story of Columbus resident Roberta Francis, who was 15 years old when she was brutally raped and murdered in 1974.  Her killer was paroled in 2005 after serving only 30 years of his life sentence, but Roberta's family didn't find out until they read about his release in the newspaper.  Until now, victims a