Aggravated Assault constitutes 62.1 percent of all violent crime in the US in 2005, so I suppose it makes sense to look at this data.
When I see data like this, I have even less understanding for the anti-gun crowd (and in the UK, there is also and anti-knife crowd as well.) Guns don't constitute the bulk of weapons used in crime, and there are plenty of alternatives.
The "personal weapons" category is especially interesting. If a large person assaults a small person (or an elderly person or a disabled person) with just their hands, they can do substantial damage. How is that person to defend herself without some means to equalize the situation?
|Region||Total all weapons1||Firearms||Knives or cutting instruments||Other weapons (clubs, blunt objects, etc.)|| Personal weapons |
(hands, fists, feet, etc.)
[See my other posts on the 2005 UCR]