Looking up the latest statistics for 2007... here is what i have been able to find so far. (Firearms deaths)
Total 10,086 Firearm Murders in the US
This one is interesting (column 2 for firearms murders)
3,987 are "unknown", 1,264 is "other not specified" and 2,225 as 'other argument not specified" and another Felony Other not specified of 301 so
we have almost 3/4 of firearms murders not classified and that astounds me in this information age.
So 7,776 firearms murders out of 10,086 are not classified as to why it happened which makes the statistics about useless as any of us can "guess"
what these 7,776 were about since gangland killings and narcotics are classified under the "other than felony" section... go figure.
of what's left
1,159 were directly involved due to the criminal commission of a felony (Rape, Robbery, Burglary, Theft, narcotics, etc)
696 gangland killings (why this is not under felony I do not know)
68 due to a romantic triangle
96 killed during Brawls due to the influence of alcohol & narcotics (narcotics legal?)
192 Over money or property (how many drug related?)
1 sniper attack
and another 35 "suspected felony type" which tells us allot.
I do not know if suicides are included in one or more of the unknown categories. It doesn't say.
The killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.
The killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen
So that's our firearms murder statistics. (note, previous years are no better).
So, what I would really like to see is all of these "unknowns" classified AND how many of these firearms used were legal or illegal in the
[edit on 11-1-2009 by infolurker]