Originally Posted by Kevin Rohrer
According to FBI crime statistics, there were 9,146 murders by firearm in 2009.
I also refute this allegation. It depends on how you define "murder" and count the numbers. I believe the FBI counts any killing by firearm, including self-defense as being murder.
If the FBI is taking specifically about murder, that would not include justifiable homicide. They know the difference.
This FBI table
show murder by weapon type. It show 9,199 murders
by firearm (out of 13,752 total murders
) in 2009.
The FBI publishes separate statistics for justifiable homicides. According to FBI data, there were 216 justifiable homicides by private citizens
in 2009, and 411 justifiable homicides by LEO