Murder in the US - number of victims by weapon 2017

Number of murder victims in the United States in 2017, by weapon

by Statista Research Department, last edited Jul 26, 2019
Murder in the US - number of victims by weapon 2017

Which weapon is predominantly used in murder cases?

In the United States, handguns are predominantly used in murder cases, with 7,032 cases in 2017 alone. This is followed by firearms (type not stated) and knives or cutting instruments with 3,096 and 1,591 cases respectively in 2017.

Murder in the U.S.

The majority of murders in the U.S. are committed under unknown circumstances, and murders due to arguments come in as the second most common circumstance. Despite these gruesome facts, the violent crime rate has fallen significantly since 1990, and the United States is much safer than it was in the 1980s and 1990s.

Leading cause of death

The death rate in the U.S. has hovered around the same level since 1990. Heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases were the three leading causes of death in the country in 2016. The rate of death by heart disease is significantly higher than the homicide rate in the United States.
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Number of murder victims in the United States in 2017, by weapon

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