From those same stats sources, the numbers for all murders, including "domestic" break down this way:
This slightly begs the question of whether women get away with murder in a different proportion of cases then do men. 28% unsolved murders is nearly 4000 unexplained corpses nationwide per year. Considering that 3000 deaths in 2001 are the justification Americans unconsciously cling to as reason enough to waste uncounted lives in Iraq, you'd think 4000 would bother us a little more.
Other numerical findings rendered roughly in English:
- 44% of victims have no known relationship to their killer.
- By region, 2/3 of all murders are by firearms ...
- Except in the northeast where that cause still leads at 3/5 of all murders.
- About 5% of all killings are deemed "justifiable homicide"
That justifiable homicide number includes about 400 per year in which a police officer shoots someone, a number that has been rising over the last few years. Non-police justifiable homicides are about half that number. Handguns are the weapon in 81% of the non-police "justifiable" killings.
One might be tempted, as Michelle Malkin was, to see in that last stat a justification for arming all the students. That would be an asinine idea. Even if it reduced deaths in the sensational but rare cases like VT, Columbine etc by letting potential victims kill their attacker, it's far more likely consequence is self harm or more frequent if less spectacular killing of acquaintances and S.O.s with a net increase in unjustified deaths being an absolute certainty. Here are some numbers on suicide for one state, NC, where the gun ownership demographics might be similar to VA: 44% of suicides are by handgun and part of that is because it is such an effective weapon for that purpose. Note, also in the graphs at that NC link that suicide rates are highest in the college to mid-twenties group...just not the right group to be casually carrying sidearms. The terrible waste of life at Virginia Tech was also an elaborate suicide. Malkin and her ilk cannot recognize the operation of fear and fantasy in their "reasoning" . The events at VT are, after all, a fantasy played out. The fantasy of Malkin is that some magic will increase only the number of justifiable homicides. Fear makes people stupid.