Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Murder Weapons

According to the FBI, there were 12,664 murders in the United States in 2011. Here is the percent distribution of murders by weapon used...

Firearm: 68%
Knife: 13%
Hands, fists, feet: 6%
Blunt object: 4%
Non-personal weapons: 2%
Other or unknown weapon: 7%

Note: "Hands, fists, feet" include beatings, strangulations, and "pushed." Non-personal weapons include poison, explosives, fire, narcotics, and asphyxiation. Other weapon includes drowning.
Source: Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online

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