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Juveniles as Victims
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Q: What proportion of juveniles are killed with a firearm?
A: 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 1217.
  • 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 1517 were killed with a firearm, compared with about 1 of every 10 (11%) homicide victims ages 05.

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 19802019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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