Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Police deaths jump in 2011; guns are the leading cause

Preliminary estimates from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) tragically indicate that the number of police officers killed so far in 2011 exceeds the total for the same period last year by 13 percent and that the number of police officers killed by gunfire was the leading cause of death.
According to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 173 officers have been killed during 2011 — up 13 percent from 153 line-of-duty deaths in 2010.

For the first time in 14 years, more officers died from firearms-related incidents than traffic-related incidents. Sixty-eight officers were shot and killed in 2011, up 15 percent from 2010 when 59 officers died from gunfire. The number of officers killed by firearms has now risen during each of the past three years.
The number of gun-related fatalities in 2011 substantially exceeds the average from the 2000s and is slightly higher than the average for the 1990s. Gun-related fatalities among law-enforcement officers are down though from the very high levels recorded in the 1980s and 1970s.

The statistics are a grim reminder that a society awash in guns poses deadly risks even to those who are armed, well-trained, and often wearing protective vests.


Anonymous said...

One law officer's recent action--

And the reason why--

Anonymous said...

I do not know who is the author of this opinion.
"If the head of every Jewish household in Europe had had a Mauser rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition, and the will to use it, Adolph Hitler would have been but a minor footnote in history."

Anonymous said...

Another sad very recent case. Bad choices by one person forced defensive action onto another person.

Dave Ribar said...

The stories listed in the first and third comments are undeniably tragic. Accordingly, we should all be grateful that horrible violence like that is becoming less common. National reported crime rates, including violent crime rates, have fallen most of the last 20 years. Last year's violent crime rate was the lowest it's been since 1972, and the murder rate was less than half of what it was 20 years ago. Preliminary statistics from 2011 indicate that crime rates have continued to fall.

The decrease in crime rates has occurred against the backdrop of decreases in the percentages of households and people that own guns (the number of guns sold increases).