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2013: Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms Since 1887 - ABC News

I wonder why this news is not getting more press - especially in the lamestream media.

While I am among the first to decry the militarization of the police, excessive shows of force at unnecessary raids, and treating every traffic stop like a major felony stop, there is no denying that prudent officer safety is paying off. Additionally, given the increases in the numbers of total firearms and ccw holders - the intuitive conclusion is that despite more guns and, theoretically, officers contacting more armed citizens, the number of law enforcement deaths is decreasing.

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The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the 19th century, according to a report released Monday. The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959. According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012. Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms.

The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013 and was the lowest since 1887.

The report credits an increased culture of safety among law-enforcement agencies, including increased use of bulletproof vests, that followed a spike in law-enforcement deaths in 2011. Since 2011, officer fatalities across all categories have decreased by 34 percent, and firearms deaths have dropped by 54 percent.

Fourteen officers died from heart attacks that occurred while performing their duties. The report found that Texas and California had the highest number of fatalities, with 13 and 10, respectively.
 
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Because they would take the fact that the two highest states with LEO deaths were Texas (Loose gun laws) and Kali (strict gun laws). If more guns equals less deaths then Texas should not be at the top. If less guns mean less deaths then Kali should not be near the top.... No real cause and effect here unless you look at the overall picture...

Difficult to use any of this to support an argument either for or against.
 

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2011 was a very bad year for LEO deaths, I remember going to a funeral of one guy I went to college with who was killed on duty. The world definitely isn't turning into a nicer place, but at least it seems that deaths are coming down and more lawful people (that are able to) are purchasing firearms.
 
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