Guns Used in the Majority of U.S. Homicides
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And we have some numbers this morning on gun violence in the United States. According to the federal government's most recent survey, almost 450,000 victims of violent crimes said they faced an offender with a firearm in 2004 alone. The FBI estimated that 66 percent of all homicides in 2004 were committed with firearms; most of them were handguns.
Like the homicide rate, generally, incidents involving guns increased sharply in the late 1980s, then fell throughout the '90s. But in recent years, the number of gun related homicides has started to rise again.
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