Uncle links to the top 10 crime guns.Â I’m glad to see criminals are still buying American!Â There’s not a foreign gun on the list.Â Damn patriotic fellows they are eh?
Seriously though, another interesting tidbit was commented on byÂ PN NJ, which is the caliber officers were shot with.Â Rifles by nature will be overrepresented out of proportion to their prevalence in crime because police body armor will typically stop most pistol rounds, but won’t stop rounds fired from a rifle.
In 2006, 46 police officers were killed in the line of duty.Â Thirty six of them were murdered with pistols.Â It’s interesting that the .40 S&W is the largest category.Â Are criminals carrying this more or do .40 S&W rounds have more likelihood to penetrate soft body armor?
The number of officers killed with a rifle were eight.Â Of those, four were with what would normally be classified as an “assault weapon” caliber.Â That’s about 8.6% of officer killings.Â We’ve all heard the VPC/Brady statistics that claimed 20% officers were killed with an assault weapon.Â Even if you look at 1997 through 2006, the number still only rises to 13%, with rifles in total being the 20% figure.Â Overall, handguns were 73% of all casualty figures.Â Prior to the expiration of the assault weapons ban expiration, 14% of officers were shot with calibers that would normally be classified as assault weapon calibers.Â Since the ban has expired in 2004, that number has dropped to 11%.
So it would appear from that data that the best way to protect our nation’s police officers is ensure police departments have sufficient funding for body armor, proper armament and training.Â If the VPC or Brady Campaign want to claim the assault weapons ban mattered, the statistics sure don’t seem to be bear it out.