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Reality & Society: What is really Killing Americans? Crime Stats you need to know.

In America the gun debate continues. I know it's not guns that kill people but the corrupt hearts and minds of individuals that do.

Disclosure: I was in abusive relationships for over 8 years of my adult life. I was also a victim of sexual abuse when I was 15. I am now 34 and know that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to violence. I choose not to be blind or buy into the agenda of this world, and so can you if you really want to experience a change in your life. Learning facts and truth is the first step to real Freedom.

Please keep in mind that not all of the statistics are in for 2017. So I will be using 2016 information.

Violent Crimes- Bureau of Justice Stats

Violent crime includes murder, rape and sexual assault, robbery, and assault. Information about murder is obtained on a yearly basis from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. There are two measures for non-fatal violence—the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). NCVS measures rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault.

  • Data Collection: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)Status: Active Frequency: Ongoing from 1973 Latest data available: 2016

  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about 135,000 households, composed of nearly 225,000 persons, on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The NCVS collects information on nonfatal personal crimes (i.e., rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and personal larceny) and household property crimes (i.e., burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other theft) both reported and not reported to police. Survey respondents provide information about themselves (e.g., age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, education level, and income) and whether they experienced a victimization. For each victimization incident, the NCVS collects information about the offender (e.g., age, race and Hispanic origin, sex, and victim-offender relationship), characteristics of the crime (e.g., time and place of occurrence, use of weapons, nature of injury, and economic consequences), whether the crime was reported to police, reasons the crime was or was not reported, and victim experiences with the criminal justice system.

  • In 2016, about 134,690 households and 224,520 persons age 12 or older were interviewed for the NCVS. Each household was interviewed twice during the year. The response rate was 78% for households and 84% for eligible persons. Victimizations that occurred outside of the United States were excluded from these reports. In 2016, less than 1% of the unweighted victimizations occurred outside of the United States and were excluded from the analyses.

  • According to the NCVS, in 2016 the violent victimization rate among persons age 12 or older was 21.1 per 1,000 persons (see table 2 in Criminal Victimization, 2016, NCJ 251150, December 2017).

  • In 2016, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations—a rate of 21.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older.

  • The rate of stranger violence (8.2 per 1,000 persons) was higher than the rate of intimate partner violence (2.2 per 1,000).

  • In 2016, U.S. households experienced 15.9 million property crimes—a rate of 119.4 per 1,000 households.

  • Motor vehicle thefts (80%) were the most likely of all crime types to be reported to police.

  • In 2016, a total of 1.3% of all persons age 12 or older experienced one or more violent victimizations

In 2016, about half (51%) of serious violent

crimes, including rape or sexual assault, robbery,

and aggravated assault, were reported to police

(figure 1).1 In comparison, 42% of all violent crimes

and 36% of property crimes were reported to police.

(These stats were taken from the PDF file that is located on above link.)

In 2016, rates of violent victimization were lower in the Northeast (16.7 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older) and the South (16.3 per 1,000) than in the Midwest (27.0 per 1,000) and the West (26.6 per 1,000). The rate of serious violent victimization was lower in the Northeast (4.6 per 1,000) than the Midwest (9.7 per 1,000) and the West (7.6 per 1,000). The rate of serious violent victimization in the Northeast was not statistically different than the rate in the South (6.2 per 1,000). The Northeast had a lower rate of property crime than all other regions in 2016.

(Again stats from the PDF file from link provided above.)

FBI Stats on Violent Crimes

  • In 2016, there were an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased 8.6 percent when compared with estimates from 2015. Aggravated assault and rape (legacy definition) offenses increased 5.1 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively, and robbery increased 1.2 percent.

  • Nationwide, there were an estimated 7,919,035 property crimes. The estimated numbers for two of the three property crimes show declines when compared with the previous year’s estimates. Burglaries dropped 4.6 percent, larceny-thefts declined 1.5 percent, but motor vehicle thefts rose 7.4 percent.

  • Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses estimated at $15.6 billion in 2016.

  • The FBI estimated that law enforcement agencies nationwide made 10.7 million arrests, excluding those for traffic violations, in 2016.

  • The arrest rate for violent crime was 159.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime was 420.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter was 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants; rape (aggregate total using the revised and legacy definition), 7.3; robbery, 29.8; and aggravated assault, 119.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • By property crime offense, the arrest rate for burglary was 64.3 per 100,000 inhabitants; larceny-theft, 326.5; and motor vehicle theft, 26.7. The arrest rate for arson was 3.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • In 2016, there were 13,217 law enforcement agencies that reported their staffing levels to the FBI. These agencies reported that, as of October 31, 2016, they collectively employed 652,936 sworn officers and 280,206 civilians, a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants.

Drugs and Crimes

Drugs are related to crime in multiple ways. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines are examples of drugs classified to have abuse potential. Drugs are also related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity in connection with drug trafficking.

The primary sources of information include—

(It seems the Bureau of Justice Statistics need to update their information. All I can find is stats from 2007 and back. So I will be leaving the link and finding another source.

2016: The FBI estimated that there were a total of 1,572,579 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2016. The FBI, for the first time in many years, did not provide a breakdown of that figure by offense type or substance. In an analysis of a subset of the UCR's arrest data, police agencies in the US covering an estimated 2016 population of 250,017,636:

  • people reported a total of 1,186,810 arrests for drug law violations in 2016,

  • of which 1,004,762 (84.7%) were for possession of a controlled substance

  • . Only 182,048 (15.3%) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug.

  • Of the 182,048 sale/manufacture arrests that year, 64,288 (5.42% of total) were for heroin, cocaine, or their derivatives; 49,714 (4.19% of total) were for marijuana; 19,163 (1.61% of total) were for synthetic narcotics; and 48,883 (4.12%) were for other non-narcotic drugs.

  • Of the 1,004,762 arrests for possession that year, 241,806 (20.37% of total) were for heroin, cocaine, or their derivatives; 443,454 (37.37% of total) were for marijuana; 61,183 (5.16% of total) were for synthetic narcotics; and 258,319 (21.77%) were for other non-narcotic drugs.

(This link can give you more information the arrests made and other data you may want. It links to FBI stats)


  • In 2016, most (78.4 percent) of the 15,070 murder victims for whom supplemental data were received were male. (Based on Expanded Homicide Data Table 1.)

  • Of the offenders for whom gender was known, 88.8 percent were male. (Based on Expanded Homicide Data Table 2.)

  • When the race of the offender was known, 53.5 percent were Black or African American, 43.9 percent were White, and 2.6 percent were of other races. The race was unknown for 5,574 offenders. (Based on Expanded Homicide Data Table 2.)

  • Seventy-three percent of the homicides for which the FBI received weapons data in 2016 involved the use of firearms. Handguns comprised 64.6 percent of the firearms used in murder and nonnegligent manslaughter incidents in 2016. (Based on Expanded Homicide Data Table 4.)

  • Law enforcement reported 766 justifiable homicides in 2016. Of those, law enforcement officers justifiably killed 435 felons, and private citizens justifiably killed 331 people during the commission of crimes. (See Expanded Homicide Data Tables 5 and 6.)

This link provides links to the tables listed above as well as other information with links provided.

I ask you to think for your self. As I research I come across news articles and such that exclaim the worse of the worse. However if you look at the reported data, you can conclude on your own that things are being overly exaggerated. Learning on your own and knowing valid sources are key to knowing truth. I laid out this information to you so you know how the data is gathered and compressed into the stats.

The truth is we are killing each other because we do not understand the real numbers. The agenda is to keep us divided. When I say Killing each other I do not mean in a way that causes physical death either. Know the facts before you decide to hate on someone elses views.

Additional Information on Gun Violence

Additional Information on Crime Stats Released by FBI

Homocide Table 2011-2015

CDC 2016 Fire Arm Mortality by State

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