10 Explosives: 8 deaths in 2012
9 Poison: 12 deaths in 2012
8 Drowning: 13 deaths in 2012
7 Narcotics: 35 deaths in 2012
6 Fire: 85 deaths in 2012
5 Strangulation/Asphyxiation : 194 deaths in 2012
4 Blunt Objects: 518 deaths in 2012
3 Personal Weapons: 678 deaths in 2012
2 Knives and Cutting Instruments: 1,589 deaths in 2012
1 Firearms: 8,855 deaths in 2012
Sadly, no surprise as to what the number one weapon of homicide is in the United States. Again, not to spark a gun control debate, guns do kill people far easier than knives and fists, but those guns still need someone to pull the trigger, and there are a myriad of socio-economic and political reasons that inform one's use of a firearm. The facts are still the facts however; of the 12,765 murders in the U.S. in 2012, two-thirds were committed with firearms; handguns alone committed 6,371, nearly half of all the murders committed. One problem with handguns when used to commit murder is the detachment the perpetrator has to their victim. It’s a lot easier to shoot someone than look them in the eyes while strangling them, and stabbing someone up close may make one realize the magnitude of their actions before it is too late, whereas pulling a trigger, sometimes from afar, often times may not. That detachment, coupled with access may very well be why firearms are, and have consistently remained, America’s favourite murder weapon.
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