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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What proportion of juveniles are killed with a firearm?
A: Nearly half (47%) of all juveniles murdered in 2011 were killed with a firearm.

Proportion of juveniles killed by a firearm, 1980-2011

Year Firearm No firearm

1980 41 % 59 %
1981 38   62  
1982 39   61  
1983 37   63  
1984 37   63  
1985 40   60  
1986 37   63  
1987 44   56  
1988 48   52  
1989 54   47  
1990 55   45  
1991 57   43  
1992 61   39  
1993 61   39  
1994 60   40  
1995 61   39  
1996 55   45  
1997 56   44  
1998 48   52  
1999 51   49  
2000 47   53  
2001 43   57  
2002 48   52  
2003 45   55  
2004 48   52  
2005 50   50  
2006 53   47  
2007 52   48  
2008 50   50  
2009 50   50  
2010 49   51  
2011 47   53  

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  • Older juveniles are more likely to be killed by a firearm than younger juveniles. Between 1980 and 2011, at least 3 of every 4 (79%) murder victims ages 1517 were killed with a firearm, compared with 1 of every 10 (10%) murder victims ages 05.
  • In 2011, firearms were used in 17% of the murders of juveniles under age 12 but in 81% of the murders of juveniles ages 1217.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02314.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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