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FBI 2014 Data: Hands & Feet, Knives, and Clubs Beat Out Rifles in Deadliness

The FBI just released its 2014 Uniform Crime Reports “2014 Crime in the United States” summaries, and there are some notable statistics gun owners might find interesting.

The FBI just released its 2014 Uniform Crime Reports “2014 Crime in the United States” summaries, and there are some notable statistics gun owners might find interesting: The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2014 when compared with 2013 data, according to the FBI figures released Sept. 28. Property crimes decreased by 4.3 percent, marking the 12th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The FBI just released its 2014 Uniform Crime Reports “2014 Crime in the United States” summaries, and there are some notable statistics gun owners might find interesting.
The FBI’s Crime Clock summary, derived from just-published 2014 FBI crime statistics, should wake up some of the unarmed folks in this country—they’re just a statistic waiting to happen. The data may also prompt concealed carriers to subconsciously check their EDC package.

The 2014 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 365.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,596.1 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate declined 1.0 percent compared to the 2013 rate, and the property crime rate declined 5.0 percent.

There were an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes (murder and non-negligent homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults) reported by law enforcement.

Aggravated assaults accounted for 63.6 percent of the violent crimes reported, while robberies accounted for 28.0 percent, rape 7.2 percent, and murders 1.2 percent.

There were an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes (burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts) reported by law enforcement. Financial losses suffered by victims of these crimes were calculated at approximately $14.3 billion.

Larceny-theft accounted for 70.8 percent of all property crimes reported, burglary for 20.9 percent, and motor vehicle theft for 8.3 percent Police made an estimated 11,205,833 arrests during 2014—498,666 for violent crimes, and 1,553,980 for property crimes. More than 73 percent of those arrested during 2014 were male.

The highest number of arrests was for drug abuse violations (1,561,231), followed by larceny-theft (1,238,190) and driving under the influence (1,117,852).

Because of ongoing calls to ban or restrict the capacity of AR-style rifles—or what some gun illiterates refer to as “assault rifles,”—it’s worth noting that murders by all rifles (as reported by the FBI) totaled 248.

“Other weapons,” aka clubs, bats, rocks and so on, were used in 1,610 murders.

Knives or cutting instruments were cited as the instruments in 1,567 murders.

In fact, the total number of murders committed by assaulters’ hands and feet totaled 660—more than double the homicides committed by all rifles.

FBI Director Jim Comey commented on the data and additional efforts that he intends to implement, some of which may affect gun owners: [T]o to address the ongoing debate about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement, we plan to collect more data about shootings (fatal and nonfatal) between law enforcement and civilians, and to increase reporting overall. Currently, the UCR program collects the number of justifiable homicides reported by police as well as information about the felonious killing and assault of law enforcement officers. These data are available in Crime in the United States and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted. As helpful as this information is, however, we need more law enforcement agencies to submit their justifiable homicide data so that we can better understand what is happening across the country. Once we receive this data, we will add a special publication that focuses on law enforcement’s use of force in shooting incidents that will outline facts about what happened, who was involved, the nature of injuries or deaths, and the circumstances behind these incidents.

According to the FBI data, crime rates seem to be going down—but do you feel safer? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.

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Comments (46)

  1. No I don’t feel safer because of the president of the United States of America has proven himself to be anti-gun. Our congress woman of our state is anti-gun and pro-obama though she pretends to be otherwise. Our city police department is somewhat anti-gun. (I have experienced this first hand). Thankfully our sheriffs department is more level headed and understanding about gun ownership and self preservation. To summarize: I don’t necessarily feel safer, not because of the criminals, but because of the GOVERNMENT!

  2. Better check the law, getting caught with a concealed firearm in a “gun free” zone could, in some states, cost you your CCW.

  3. I had a CCW permit and carried.
    One day, while again cleaning the dusty and body greased firearm, I considered how sporting a criminal or nut case had to be to let me get mine out, then eventually awaiting their response.
    In short, save for rarer than unicorn farts rare events, I’d give a criminal *another* firearm.
    “Excuse mister criminal, sir! I have a concealed carry permit and am carrying. Will you permit me to try to fast draw against you?”
    Yeah, it ain’t happening.
    But, there was a real criminal event in my life, at the train station, I went to take a leak.
    Jughead pulled a knife while I was enjoying releasing excess water and projected his demands.
    I turned, with an intentionally confused look on my face, as I continued urinating, onto his leg.
    One handed grasp can be reversed, which it was and his knife ended up inside of his upper abdomen.
    I also didn’t stick around to take credit.
    Then and today, I screwed up. I ignored situational awareness and that resulted in handling my screw up.

    1. I agree no criminal is going to give you a chance, and it does not matter if you’re in a gun free zone or a darkened parking lot headed for your car after work or shopping. A firearms instructor once taught me a revision of Jeff Cooper’s color code:
      White – fat, dumb and happy, in short a target (or today a person in a gun free zone)
      Yellow – alert to what is going on around you, aware of anyone closing on you
      Orange – threat is preserved, and if appropriate hand on grip of concealed weapon; but, weapon remains concealed – no brandishing
      Red – weapon is drawn and sights are on threat
      Black – fire
      As it is not possible to live in condition Red (both physical and legal issues) and I prefer not be a target (White), condition Yellow when I’m outside my home is a good compromise. When at home relaxed watching TV, I generally have to consider myself in condition White; however, the door is locked and three Lab Retrievers are home with my wife and me [needless to say a firearm is still close by].

  4. It has been a while since I saw the statistics, so please verify for yourself, but I remember seeing that most violent crimes committed with handguns were committed by people with prior criminal records, and against people known to them.

    1. As the current administration is bent on banning so called “assault weapons” (semi-auto rifles that look nasty and have bayonet lugs) the number of violent crimes committed with rifles does become very relevant.

  5. Everything that’s been said in the comments are completely true that not including more data in this article is misleading but there should be data on the legally owned firearms used in murders. Im sure that the majorty of these crimes were committed with firearms bought of the street from guns that either went missing from evidence rooms or guns collected by the police that the California senator was selling out of the trunk of his car or the more obvious one if there’s alot of firearms that the government released during sting operation that evidently the government lost track on. Anyways before another article like this is written please be smart a include such details of the legally owned firearms used in these murders vs the illegaly own firearms murders

    1. Iam waiting for that too. Great point. I wish it would be addressed by media but it’s probably not going to happen. They started comparing the N.R.A. to terror group’s u believe that sh-t.
      Who are the terrorists anti gun or the N.R.A. I don’t here them threaten anyone.

  6. I think the important note here would be that all the murders were Committed by people, not rocks, guns, knives or a candlestick, people. A sick society must either get better or pay the consequence.

  7. I don’t feel safer; although the crime rate is dropping the nature of the perpetrators has changed. We’re seeing religious zealots’ (jihad) committing crime in what appears to be a pattern. The police have been targeted and unarmed military personnel have been murdered. We don’t control our southern border, it is an open sieve added to the strong possibility that Iran can make a “dirty” nuclear weapon at will should give people pause. Added to the current a federal administration that seems bound and determined to end the Second Amendment for this country’s citizens.

    1. @Mike4guns, the FBI tracks crimes by types of weapon, firearm, knives of cutting instrument, personal weapon (hands, fists, feet, etc).
      https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/aggravated_assault_table_aggravated_assault_types_of_weapons_used_percent_distribution_by_region_2014.xls

      https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-19

      https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-15

      I can’t recall where, but the firearm, by class (handgun, shotgun, rifle) are available. It’s well buried in tons of other data.

    2. Now, to see if my links to the reports, by type of weapon firearm, knives of cutting instrument, personal weapon (hands, fists, feet, etc).
      Pistol, shotgun or rifle aren’t in these reports. I recall seeing them *somewhere* on that immense site, can’t recall where offhand now.

  8. I am glad I looked up the data before I posted links to this article.

    First, understand that I am Pro-Gun.

    Comparing murder rates from ‘Other Weapons’ (1610) and ‘Hands, fists, feet'(660) to ‘Rifles'(248) and omitting the other firearms categories of ‘Handguns’ (5562), ‘Shotguns’ (262) and ‘Firearms (type unknown)’ (2052) paints a very distorted picture.

    Just because ‘Rifles’ is in the title doesn’t make it OK to omit that much relevant data.

    If we can’t argue with the whole picture, we are no better than the Press and other Liberals that twist the facts to their purposes.

    This whole article should be retracted.

    1. This is totally true. I think at least the author should add in some additional data at the end in case people don’t read your comment.
      Looking at the data for handguns vs rifles vs unknown firearms, I’m sure the percentages between handguns and rifles would remain roughly the same if we knew what type of firearms were used in those other 2052 murders though.

    2. …and approximately 65% of those deaths are due to suicide (which they so coincidentally group together with everything else).

    3. It actually states right in the first paragraph of the page about homicide on the website that the FBI defines murder as the “willful killing of one human being by another.” It specifically says it does not include suicide in those numbers. But, you actually have to read to find that, so I suppose you can be forgiven for not seeing it.

    4. Yes, having all the information is important, but regardless what type of gun shot who or how many does not matter. Murderer’s aren’t law abiding citizens and shouldn’t have guns in the first place. Banning law abiding citizens from buying certain types of guns isn’t going to do anything to stop criminals from shooting people with them, they will just commit two crimes instead of one, first stealing the gun they aren’t supposed to have and then shooting who ever they want dead! I am a gun owner and never have thought, geez, today would be a good day to go buy a gun and commit a crime! I have however thought that today would be a good day to buy a gun so some criminal doesn’t try and hurt me or my son because then it wouldn’t matter, rifle, handgun, or shotgun, which ever I could get loaded the quickest is what they would get shot with.

  9. To be fair, there were 8,124 murders by firearm, out of 11,961 murders total. So firearms are the most favored form of murder. Most were by handguns, 5,562. To leave these numbers out of the argument is misleading. I understand your argument is just about semiauto rifles, but singling out one type, the type with a significantly lower number, gives antis an opening for their propaganda.

    1. To be fair though, statistically speaking, they should be trying to ban handguns and ignore semi-auto rifles. Have there been any news network talking heads clamoring for banning handguns?

    2. The fact here is not mentioned. If a person is intent on murder, they will find some other method to murder! If guns are not available murder will happen! Here is the Proof, as long as man has been in existence, there has been Murders. Way before gun powder and guns were invented!

    3. True. As evidenced by Australia, much touted by anti gunners, where the severe restrictions of firearms has resulted in a statistically neutral effect on murder rates.

  10. All law enforcement agencies should be reporting all crimes. What is the FBI trying to say? As the chief of a department that what was understood by our department. UCR’s done every month like clockwork.

  11. I will only feel better when the idiot in the white house is gone along with all the left wing nut jobs and the gun free zones. How can people not realize gun free zones are only gun free for law abiding citizens. Criminals do not follow the law. Law enforcement can not be everywhere and it is up to each person to protect themselves. How can we protect ourselve when we follow the law and law enforcement is 2-3 mins away. Let me be able to take my weapon wherever I go.

    1. If you have a concealed carry permit, then take your gun anywhere you want, as long as it’s not protected by metal detectors. If you need it, you have it and if you don’t need it, nobody knows you have it.

      If you are seen with it in a GFZ, about all they can do is ask you to leave. I carry pretty much everywhere and have never had a problem.

    2. Oldawg… that is not true at all. Government declared gun free zone violations carry a CRIMINAL charge. Some states its a misdemeanor and some its a felony, depending on circumstances. Private business gun free zones may carry a criminal charge as well, depending on the state and circumstances again.

    3. MRC – I live in Florida and what I said is true here. I would not try to carry inside a courthouse or restricted area of an airport, for instance, but these places usually have metal detectors anyway. In some states, it would be more risk to carry everywhere, but I’m going by what I’ve seen here. Our state has reasonable gun laws.

      Concealed carry means concealed. Like they say – “I’d rather be caught with it than without it!”

  12. I think maybe the NRA needs to sponsor a television station, and put these facts out to the public. I’m sick of hearing about Gun control, when we really need drug control, and gang control, which go hand in hand.

  13. SAFE! that’s a joke, thugs and murderers will never give up there wepons!
    Taking our guns will make us sheep for the slaughter, and you don’t need a gun to slaughter sheep,, ALL YOU NEED A BUCHERS!!
    And GOD knows THE T LAST 7 YEARS WE HAVE SEEN this NATION turn to the worst Governed period of our Nation’s history,
    On his watch THE WORLD HAS GONE TO HELL
    AND THAT WAS AND IS HIS INTENTIONS,

  14. Just a thought why is everything bout guns people get in cars and drive drunk and commit horrible acts but not once have I seen a ban for a viper or a vette. Funny how the gun is to blame not the person behind the gun but then we go oh wait we have strict gun policy then we can eliminate it how can that be. We have a right to have arms it was something our country was founded on and if you do not like it then you don’t have to be here. But people need to realize that in this world we have good and bad people and there is nothing you can do to change this trying to take away a person’s rights are not the answer.

  15. A staggering >80% of all firearm murders in the USA are gang related.

    Even so, when discussing methods of murder, is it plausible to weigh only long gun use against non-firearm murders? Well, hat is, unless you are defending only against restrictions on long gun ownership, magazine capacity, and use.

    Though the title does say “rifles”, as we all aware, by a wide margin handguns are the citizenry’s weapon of choice by the good for defense, and the evil for offense. To leave handguns no reference may risk the uninformed suspect such exclusion is intended to mislead. It did have me thinking, “Hey, wait a minute!” – and I’m pro gun.

    1. My same thought concerning the lack of bearing from handgun statistics. We must be consistent in reporting or we are worse off than the anti-gun crowd.

  16. Frank you are aware the UCR has to coincide with the electronic files of 911 and emergency management. That’s why 911 call centers were separated from the department, besides other emergency functions. But you already know all this and then you are aware that higher crime rates with limited manpower means the department can draw more federal money.
    Basically you just admitted that were you worked was corrupt. If the department is willing to manipulate UCR data to make themselves look better, what else was manipulate to make the department look better.

  17. This UCR out weighs any of the research favoring gun control. The liberals will attempt to twist the data again and that can be expected. Liberals refuse to face some of the issues. One of the issues is mental health. When they started defunding mental facilities and closing them, it caused a problem. They did this over law enforcement’s objections. It is obvious the liberals will ignore the real problems.

  18. The question: “…do you feel safer?”

    NO!! I don’t feel safer. But not because of the criminals; it is instead because of the relentless “ASSAULT” on our gun rights by incorrigible, incompetent and idiot Liberals. Add to that the gutlessness of those elected officials supposedly on my side, who are unwilling to combat our march to the Left. The country is screwed!

    1. Well said Mike. Liberals hate facts and logic. The Republicrats are a bunch of spineless a holes and are only interested in lining their own pockets… They don’t stand up to the chief Marxist at all; they let him do whatever he wants.

    2. I live in a small town in Kansas and we had a police shooting this summer. Apparently an officer thought that a car was running from him stemming from an incident that occurred earlier that day. The police had harassed earlier in the day and he was obviously having a bad day. We had bought stun guns that they had been playing with for a couple of months now. The guy got out of the car and started walking towards the officers car. Instead of using his stun gun that we The taxpayers paid for that they had been trained on how and when to use them and when you use it.
      The victim was obviously having a bad day being harassed by the police and all. And instead of using his stun gun he pulled his Glock 40 and proceeded to shoot the guy six times, Twice in the back.
      All newspaper would say is the officer was put on paid leave and that’s about all information that was given out. News paper never did say what happened to the officer weather he was still there or not. But I guess that’s none of our business seeing that we pay their wages and deserve that information. For all I know he could still be working for the police department, Which is a little disturbing to me anyway. They rule with an iron fist and it scares me to the point were I am considering moving from this town.
      A concerned citizen of the United States.

  19. After 32 years in law enforcement, I can tell you the accuracy of the UCR is about the same as the truthfulness of ALL elected officials. In the agency I worked at we had Officers who were trained in ways to “cook” the numbers so our agency and the area it covered would not come out looking bad. Those numbers are garbage, the only aspect of the UCR which is difficult to manipulate is HOMICIDE and THAT can be worked if one knows how.

    1. ……and the agency for which I worked was so scrupulous about ensuring the accuracy of crime information that I had to lobby the state legislature for two years to have yearly registration stickers moved from the license plate to inside the windsheild so that they would not be stolen. We KNEW that this was a petty crime with little meaning…….but it had a great impact (15 per cent) on our theft offenses. I our view (7th largest department in the nation) it was better to remove the threat than fudge the figures.

  20. This type of information needs to be widely disseminated so the public can put gun deaths into proper perspective. But that will not happen. The anti-gun media will ignore it, or will give it a sinister twist and the pro gun media, what there is of it, seems incapable of getting the message out. Just my 2 cents….

    1. 2/3’s of gun deaths are suicides. In the commission of the majority of mass shootings, the shooter commits suicide, but let’s put a ban on guns, and ignore the mental state of these people. ……Liberal loons have no intention of addressing the problem. After all they’re the ones that caused it.

    2. @ Richard.

      Just exactly do you Distribute “Factual” Number’s, when you have TWO side “Diametrically Opposed” to each other’s way of thinking…

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