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Romulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-16-04 10:19 AM
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85. two comments
Edited on Wed Jun-16-04 10:27 AM by Romulus
1) were the firearms legally owned?
2) were "the crazy guy from down the block" and "the stalker after one date/saying hi on the elevator" included in the "people known?" If so, the claims of husbands being controlled by guns and killing their wives is rubbish.

From the DOJ:

Most murder victims were familiar with their assailants.

Spouses and family members made up about 15% of all victims
About one third of the victims were acquaintances of the assailant
In 14% of all murders, the victim and the offender were strangers
The victim/offender relationship was undetermined in about one third of homicides

Victim/Offender Relationship, 1976-2000

Total 100.0% 512,599
Intimate 11.4% 58,409
Non-intimate 54.8% 280,999
Undetermined 33.8% 173,190

In recent years -

About one third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate
About 4% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate
Of all female murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate was relatively stable until 1995 when the proportion began increasing
Of male murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate has dropped.
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