U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics BJS Special Report MAY 2013 NCJ 241730 Michael Planty, Ph.D., and Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011. While the number of firearm crimes declined over time, the percentage of all violence that involved a firearm did not change substantively, fluctuating between 6% and 9% over the same period. In 1993, 9% of all violence was committed with a firearm, compared to 8% in 2011. Additionally, the firearms that Gun Control Crowds hate are NOT the firearms used in crimes, and in fact, more people are killed annually by HANDS, FISTS AND FEET than by so labeled assault rifles. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports for the years as indicated below (note that assault rifles are a smaller subset of the "Rifle" category) : Those killed by Rifles: 2008 - 380 2009 - 351 2010 - 367 2011 - 332 2012 - 322 Those killed by Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 2008 - 875 2009 - 817 2010 - 769 2011 -751 2012 -678 So, it is not rational reasoning that Gun Control people use, it is emotional and irrational thought processes that dictate their desires.