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||What proportion of juveniles are killed with a firearm?
||More than half (58%) of all juvenile homicide victims in 2019 were killed with a firearm.
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- The proportion of juvenile homicide victims killed by a firearm has been on the rise. In 2013, for example, less than half (46%) of all juvenile homicide victims were killed by a firearm; by 2019, this proportion increased to 58%.
- In 2019, firearms were used in 25% of the homicides of juveniles under age 12 but in 88% of the homicides of juveniles ages 12–17.
- Older juveniles are more likely to be killed by a firearm than younger juveniles. Between 1980 and 2019, about 4 of every 5 (80%) homicide victims ages 15–17 were killed with a firearm, compared with about 1 of every 10 (11%) homicide victims ages 0–5.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02314.asp?qaDate=2019.
Released on November 16, 2020.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2020). 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 1980–2019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.
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