2013 – Lowest Number of Law Enforcement Deaths by Firearms Since 1887 – Yes, 1887
We keep hearing from the anti-gunners about how gun crime is getting out of control and law enforcement officers are outgunned out on the streets. Of course, nearly all of the FBI’s crime numbers show a 20+ year low in homicide and violent crime, but why let facts get in the way?
Now we have another fact to disprove their point that “gun crime” is out of control. In 2013, the fewest number law enforcement officers since 1887 were killed by firearms.
Firearms-related fatalities reached a 126-year low in 2013 with 33 officers shot and killed, the lowest since 1887 when 27 officers were shot and killed. After increasing dramatically in 2010 and 2011, firearms- related fatalities decreased in 2013 for the second year.
Thirty-three officers died in firearms-related incidents compared to 49 in 2012, representing a 33 percent decrease.
Handguns were the leading type of firearm used in fatal shootings of law enforcement officers in 2013. Of the 33 officer fatalities, 58 percent were shot and killed with a handgun.
As the report also points out, most shooting deaths were committed by suspects armed with handguns. This further disproves the fact that officers are regularly facing suspects armed with semi-automatic rifles which are most often the target of gun ban legislation.
Traffic related fatalities were the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers in 2013.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers who died in the line of duty in 2013 as well as their friends, families and colleagues.