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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Has the number of juveniles killed with a firearm changed since 1980?
A: The growth in the number of juveniles murdered using a firearm that began in 2003 was reversed between 2006 and 2011 as the number fell 32% over the last 5 years.
Juvenile homicide victims by firearm involvement, 1980-2011

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  • Between 1984 and 1993, the number of juveniles killed with a firearm increased more than 200%. By 2003, the number of firearm-related juvenile homicides was 60% below the 1993 peak.
  • The large drop in the number of juveniles killed with a firearm after 1993 resulted in the overall number of juvenile homicides in 2003 falling to its lowest level since at least 1984.
  • However, between 2003 and 2006, murders of juveniles by firearms increased 38%, then fell 32% through 2011. In the early 1990s, about 61% of murdered juveniles were killed with a firearm; this percentage fell to 43% in 2001 then reached about 50% in each of the last 3 years.
  • Firearms were used less often in the killings of young children. In 2011, for example, 17% of homicide victims under age 12 were killed by a firearm compared to 81% of victims ages 1217.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02306.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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