Murder Weapon Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Uniform Crime Reports for the U.S.
Date Verified: 4.28.2013
One can only speculate what goes through the mind of a murderer when choosing their weapon of devastation. The most obvious conclusion might be accessibility of the specific weapon, but that theory only holds up for premeditated murders. In any case, the numbers below show a broad range of chosen weapons. In the future we may want to design all objects using nerf foam.
Weapons used or cause of death
Year Murder
victims,
total
Guns Cutting or
stabbing
Blunt
object
Strangulation,
hands, fists,
feet, or pushing
Arson All
other
Total Percent
2009 13,636 9,146 67 1,825 641 801 92 1131
2008 14,299 9,484 66.3 1,897 614 949 86 993
2007 14,831 10,086 68.0 1,796 647 854 130 1,016
2006 14,990 10,177 67.9 1,822 607 833 115 1,128
2002 14,263 9,528 66.7 1,776 681 954 103 874
1997 15,289 10,369 67.8 1,963 702 1,187 134 934
1996 15,848 10,744 67.8 2,142 733 1,182 151 726
1995 20,232 13,790 68.2 2,557 918 1,438 166 968
1994 22,084 15,463 70.0 2,802 912 1,452 196 1,079
1993 23,180 16,136 69.6 2,967 1,022 1,482 217 1,168
1992 22,716 15,489 68.2 3,296 1,040 1,445 203 1,043
1991 21,676 14,373 66.3 3,430 1,099 1,529 195 847
1990 20,045 12,847 64.1 3,503 1,075 1,424 287 909
1985 17,545 10,296 58.7 3,694 972 1,491 243 849
1980 21,860 13,650 62.0 4,212 1,094 1,666 291 947
1975 18,642 12,061 64.7 3,245 1,001 1,646 193 496
1970 13,649 9,039 66.2 2,424 604 1,031 353 198
1965 8,773 5,015 57.2% 2,021 505 894 226 112
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