2013: Fewest Police Killed by Firearms Since 1887

2013: Fewest Police Killed by Firearms Since 1887

A December 30th report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that 2013 had the fewest police deaths by firearms since 1887.

According to the report by the Associated Press, there were a total of “111 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officers killed in the line of duty nationwide” in 2013. 

Of these 111 fatalities, “46 were killed in traffic related accidents and 33 were killed by firearms.” The number of firearm related deaths is down 33 percent and is “the lowest since 1887.” 

Moreover, “deaths in the line of duty generally [all causes] fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.”

All of this happened while a potentially record number of Americans were obtaining and carrying handguns on their persons for concealed carry, personal protection, and home protection. 

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