Facts About Murder:
- Most victims are male. The stats show that men are the main victims of murder, and it’s not even close. In the year 2011, the last for which comprehensive stats were collected, nearly 80 percent of homicide victims were men.
- Guns are the weapon of choice. Most murders are crimes of passion, and guns seem to be the tool of choice for murderers who cannot contain their passion. Roughly 70 percent of murders are committed with firearm assistance.
- Race is not as big a factor as you may think. When it comes to murder the victims tend to be split between blacks and whites, with 50 percent being African American and 46 percent being white. 2 percent were made up of other races or could not be identified.
- Female killers are in the minority. There is a reason men have a reputation as the more aggressive, dominant sex, and it is rooted in fact and stats. Nearly 90 percent of murderers in the last study were performed by offenders of the male persuasion.
- Friends appear to be more likely to kill. Nearly 53 percent of victims were killed by somebody they knew for cases where the offender was known.
- Women are especially susceptible to becoming victims of their spouses, as roughly 38 percent of female victims were done in by a boyfriend or husband.
- Argument is the root of murder. Arguments were the main reason most murders occured, with nearly half of them coming from a heated exchange. The rest were usually random felonies such as rape or robberies gone badly.
- Not all murder is murder. Justifiable homicide accounted for a significant number of deaths in 2011, and cops were responsible for the death of 393 felons. Private citizens took down another 260 criminals while they were in the commission of a crime.
- 20-24 are the prime murder years. Amongst all races, ages 20-24 saw the highest rates of murder. These are hopped up, often unemployed youths who have chosen or been forced down a life of crime, which eventually leads to murder if things get dire enough.
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Dating all the way back to at least the 17th century, there has been evidence of key guns used by jailers. The keys were filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door.