Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 bloodiest year for law enforcement

My attention as drawn by this article on the ABC news website: if we ignore the large number of fatalities in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, 2007 has been the bloodiest year yet for Law enforcement, with 186 fatalities.

Obviously, I went looking for the core data, found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website.

Most of these eaths are traffic incident related, shootings take the second place followed by health-related issues like heart attacks.
The guns used in the shotings were averagely documented:

Handguns: 51
Shotguns: 8
Rifles: 8
"Assault rifles": 1
(note, there is one gun missing somewhere, as this doesn't add up to the 79 gunshot fatalities)

Food for discussion the next time Carolyn McCarthy claims that her Assault weapon bill targets the guns used most often to kill police officers.


Anonymous said...

Obviously we need to ban those dangerous Police Cars which take the lives of so many of our "Finest."

The Duck said...

Also note that it includes gunshot accidents, or mishaps in training.
The report counted the deaths of 186 officers as of Dec. 26, up from 145 last year. Eighty-one died in traffic incidents, which the report said surpassed their record of 78 set in 2000. Shooting deaths increased from 52 to 69, a rise of about 33 percent.Of the total #The report includes the death of 17 federal law enforcement officers, including five Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents killed in two bombings in Iraq.