Guns Used in the Majority of U.S. Homicides

According to the government's most recent survey, a 2004 report from the Department of Justice, almost 450,000 victims of violent crimes that year said that they faced an offender with a firearm. Steve Inskeep reports on statistics about gun-related crimes.

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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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