Jon Lebkowsky: Guns and Homicide in the USA

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Jon Lebkowsky
Jon Lebkowsky

Guns in America, a Statistical Look

Violent crime rates have been falling in recent years, but the number of people killed by firearms in the United States remains high.  According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as were killed by all other means combined.

FBI Expanded Homicide Data Table 8

Murder Victims by Weapon, 2006–2010

 

Weapons 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Total 15,087 14,916 14,224 13,752 12,996
Total firearms: 10,225 10,129 9,528 9,199 8,775
Handguns 7,836 7,398 6,800 6,501 6,009
Rifles 438 453 380 351 358
Shotguns 490 457 442 423 373
Other guns 107 116 81 96 96
Firearms, type not stated 1,354 1,705 1,825 1,828 1,939
Knives or cutting instruments 1,830 1,817 1,888 1,836 1,704
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 618 647 603 623 540
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 841 869 875 817 745
Poison 12 10 9 7 11
Explosives 1 1 11 2 4
Fire 117 131 85 98 74
Narcotics 48 52 34 52 39
Drowning 12 12 16 8 10
Strangulation 137 134 89 122 122
Asphyxiation 106 109 87 84 98
Other weapons or weapons not stated 1,140 1,005 999 904 874

Phi Beta Iota: The question you ask determines the answer you get. More people are killed in the USA by imposed poverty than by firearms; the first chart is closer to contextual reality.

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