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Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What proportion of youth are killed with a firearm?
A: Two-thirds (66%) of all youth homicide victims in 2020 were killed with a firearm.

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  • The proportion of youth homicide victims killed by a firearm has been on the rise. In 2013, for example, less than half (46%) of all youth homicide victims were killed by a firearm; by 2020, this proportion increased to 66%.
  • In 2020, firearms were used in 29% of the homicides of youth under age 12 but in 88% of the homicides of youth ages 1217.
  • Older youth are more likely to be killed by a firearm than younger juveniles. Since the early 1990s, about 4 of every 5 murder victims ages 1517 were killed with a firearm in any given year, while about 1 of every 10 murder victims under age 6 were killed with a firearm.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02314.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on December 09, 2021.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2021). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802020 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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