From the FBI's Uniform Crimes Reporting Database (click to enlarge): (H/T Magic Blue Smoke)
1 Populations are U.S. Census Bureau provisional estimates as of July 1 for each year except 2000 and 2010, which are decennial census counts.
2 The murder and nonnegligent homicides that occurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, are not included in this table.
3 The crime figures have been adjusted.
Emotionalism is the friend of politicians pushing an agenda. If you view the entire table, no category of crime is increasing, including murder. What national crisis needs to be solved with bold new action? Aren't we solving it already, with slow steady progress? The murder rate dropped from 9.3 per 100,000 to 4.7 per 100,000 during this period.