What CNN Won’t Tell You…

Expanded Homicide Data Table 8 (Source FBI Report)        
Murder Victims          
by Weapon, 2007–2011        
Years 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total 14,916 14,224 13,752 13,164 12,664
Total firearms: 10,129 9,528 9,199 8,874 8,583
Handguns 7,398 6,800 6,501 6,115 6,220
Rifles 453 380 351 367 323
Shotguns 457 442 423 366 356
Other guns 116 81 96 93 97
Firearms, type not stated 1,705 1,825 1,828 1,933 1,587
Knives or cutting instruments 1,817 1,888 1,836 1,732 1,694
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 647 603 623 549 496
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 869 875 817 769 728
Poison 10 9 7 11 5
Explosives 1 11 2 4 12
Fire 131 85 98 78 75
Narcotics 52 34 52 45 29
Drowning 12 16 8 10 15
Strangulation 134 89 122 122 85
Asphyxiation 109 87 84 98 89
Other weapons or weapons not stated 1,005 999 904 872 853
1 Pushed is included in personal weapons.    
Over the 4 years covered by the data, homicides by firearms has declined ~ 15%

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Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations

A final note just to put things into perspective:

  1. In 2007 vehicle fatalities ( consists of motorcycles, people that died after 1 yr. and people that died within 30 days) was just over 90,000, this is .04% on a population of 250 million registered vehicles.
  2. For the same year, 2007, all firearm homicides totaled 10,129 against a firearm population of 45 million, this is .02% (Note that I did not use accidental deaths which is ~1,500 a much lower number) If we add the 1,500 accidental deaths to homicides we get 11,629 or .0258%

Closing comments:

I would much rather spend time reviewing guns and gear but it’s important that you the reader understand and see through the manure being fed to the general public, either through incompetence or malicious intent to deceive. I want to think it’s incompetence. You  decide!

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