Is there a surge in violence across American cities? It's true that major cities saw more homicides in 2015 than the year before. But context is important. That surge is more like a blip in the larger picture, which shows a drastic drop in murder over the past 25 years.
And progress in cutting crime is even more clear when you look at rates across the U.S. — not just in major cities. Violent crime has plummeted in America and is trending further down.