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  •  Actual persons being shot. (1+ / 0-)
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    And I was off in in my stats.  I was going from a memory of approx. 100K firearms injuries/year, which is incorrect.

    According to the CDC:

    Fatal Injury Reports

    Year - 2009
    Population - 307 million

    Firearm Unintentional - 554
    Firearm Violence related - 11,826 (does not include  suicides)
    Firearm Legal interventions - 333

    Cut/Pierce Unintentional - 125
    Cut/Pierce Violence related - 1,874 (does not include suicides)
    Cut/Pierce Legal interventions - 0

    Non-fatal Injury Reports

    Year - 2009
    Population - 307 million

    Firearms Unintentional - 18,610
    Total firearms injuries by violence - 48,158 (Includes criminal, defensive and self-harm)
    Assault only - 44,466
    Legal intervention - 679

    Cut/Pierce Unintentional - 1,997,752
    Total Cut/Pierce injuries by violence - 196,002 (Includes criminal, defensive and self-harm)
    Assault only - 103,778
    Legal intervention - 10,772

    So you seem to be correct in your basic assumption that intentional firearms injuries are more often fatal than intentional stab/cut injuries.  

    •  I thought so (1+ / 0-)
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      knowing a little of the history of weapons and having been around ERs. Interestingly bullets also produce piercing wounds.

      The thing is most objects used in piercing attacks are really not designed to kill like small knifes, screwdrivers or scissors.

      Now if we were talking of past times and people carried real daggers and short swords I thinks the percentage of fatalities would grow.

      Also  most people have some kind of training with guns, and very little with knives.

      Thanks for the data

      •  You have some valid points there. (1+ / 0-)
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        I shall ponder.  Thanks!

      •  P.S. I wonder about how the cut/pierce stats (1+ / 0-)
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        would look if broken down by type.  For instance knives 2" and less, Knives 2-3.5 inches (approx. legal lengths for folding knives in many jurisdictions), knives 3.5-5" (common lengths for fixed-blade knives), knives +5", field vs. culinary, fixed vs. folding, scissors, picks, tubes, rods, etc.

        Fascinating, if gruesome, train of thought.

        There must be a study/stats compilation somewhere...

        •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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          particularly to see a difference between piercing and slashing.For example katanas and other Japanese swords. Probably coroners have these type of data

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