How many firearms officer deaths annual?


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Joejojoba111
May 29, 2005, 08:17 PM
I actually read a blub somewhere that it was really only 57, but that sounds really really low, what is the real stat?

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fastbolt
May 29, 2005, 08:25 PM
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/killed/leoka03.pdf

Browse through it.

LawDog
May 29, 2005, 08:55 PM
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been a toal of 56 officer killed in the line of duty thus far in 2005.

24 were due to gunfire, to date, with an additional two dying from 'accidental' gunfire.

In 2004, out of a total of 154 LOD deaths, 53 were due to gunfire, and four more under the 'accidental' label.


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Joejojoba111
May 29, 2005, 09:32 PM
So it's true. I heard the blip under a traffic safety thing, that only 57 (or more approprately 53) die from firearms while traffic causes the many many more than firearms.

geekWithA.45
May 30, 2005, 10:54 AM
Police deaths from firearms are surprisingly low, on the order of 60-80/year on par with the number of work related drownings per year.

Fascinating, considering how much noise is generated around the sacred ointment of "officer safety".

No_Brakes23
May 31, 2005, 04:39 AM
Is "accidental" what they call it when the LEO calls it quits and turns his duty weapon on himself?

Just askin. I know some gun stats have an odd way of accounting for suicide.

Cosmoline
May 31, 2005, 06:23 AM
In fairness, I'd like to see the stats on officers shot, shot *at*, injured seriously, and killed. I suspect we'd see some high numbers in some of those categories. Kevlar has saved a lot of lives. Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of crminals don't understand ballistics and can't aim worth a darn.

aquapong
May 31, 2005, 08:42 AM
Not to take away from the tragic circumstances of the officers that were killed by gunfire, but the number is far less than anti groups try to hoodwink the public into believing.

Father Knows Best
May 31, 2005, 10:15 AM
GeekWitha.45 wrote:Police deaths from firearms are surprisingly low, on the order of 60-80/year on par with the number of work related drownings per year.


Good point. Want an even better one? Look up the number of drowning deaths of children in residential swimming pools every year. It's staggering. The next time someone argues that handguns should be banned because "no one needs a gun" and it will "save the children", ask them why we shouldn't be banning residential swimming pools, first.

Master Blaster
May 31, 2005, 11:07 AM
here is the firearm chart.


Page 23

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/killed/leoka03.pdf

Werewolf
May 31, 2005, 03:16 PM
I took special notice of the very high number of LEO's killed by assault weapons.

50 Freak
June 1, 2005, 01:04 PM
Not to be morbid, but this chart is COOL!!!

It has a breakdown by days, months, calibers etc.

Apparently if your an LEO, you should plan to take every Friday in the month of April off as that is when you are most likely to get shot. Especially from a 9mm or a 7.62x39.

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