Jack Levin, co-​​director of the Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said so many vari­ables are at play when exam­ining homi­cides that it’s “almost impos­sible to give a defin­i­tive expla­na­tion for the dra­matic decline.”

But he said the aging pop­u­la­tion def­i­nitely makes a dif­fer­ence. “There’s a larger number of older people, the baby boomers are in their late 50s and 60s, and they simply don’t commit the large number of vio­lent street crimes that young people do,” Levin said.

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