The order of most common murder weapons used in the US murder cases has not changed very much in recent years. Even though the number of killings involving firearms has gone down compared with the figures for the early years of the 20th century, fire arms and sharp instruments still stand on top of the list of the most common murder weapons used in homicides, at least in the US. Statistics collected in 2008, shows 68 percent of the murders in the US were committed using firearms. Below we have provided a list of the top 10 most common murder weapons used as reported by FBI Uniform Crime Reports.
10. Explosives used in murder cases:
Noting that this data does not include acts of terrorism, use of explosives as a murder weapon averagely takes the lives of10 individual yearly. This, as one would expect, is low in number, since murderers rarely create a chaos and uproar around their crime scene.
9. Drowning victims:
Collected stats from 2008 shows 10 known cases of individuals who were murdered by forced drowning.
8. Narcotics used for murder:
A total of 33 people were murdered using narcotics in 2008.
7. Fire induced killings:.
Fire has been one of the favorite methods amongst murderers to commit acts atrocity, where usually minimum evidence is left for investigation. In the US alone between 80 to 100 people die from arson induced fire as one of the most common murder weapons
6. Strangulation to death:
Strangulation or strangling is literally the closing of a person’s windpipe by forceful compression, which leads to unconsciousness and subsequently death. The oxygen flow is cut off and the person’s brain is the first organ to die after a few minutes. Strangulation has taken the lives of 88 Americans in 2008.
5. Asphyxiation to death:
Asphyxiation is somewhat of different than strangulation in a sense that loss of consciousness is caused by impairing normal breathing using hazardous gases like carbon monoxide and sulphur. This common method has taken the lives of 89 in the US during 2008.
4. Use of blunt objects:
Let’s not be vague, these objects include anything from hammers, clubs, and baseball bats to bottles and tree branches, annually taking the lives of nearly 600 people in the States alone.
3. Personal body weapons:
The third most common murder weapons are body parts such hands, feet, fists and head. Throwing a punch, a head-butt or a kick against another person’s head usually has fatal consequences and unfortunately many people have been murdered as such. In 2008 it is reported that 861 lost their lives by fatal body blows in the US.
2. Knives and cutting instruments:
Cold arms usually in the form of sharp objects – mostly knives – have caused the death of 1897 people in 2008. There’s no way to regulate or stop people from obtaining sharp object and it is unfortunate that they are used in murders.
1. Firearms on top of the most common murder weapons:
It is reported that annually nearly 10,000 people in the US lose their lives in murder cases using firearms. Whether illegally or legally, firearm weapons can easily be purchased or dealt in many parts of the world and the US, while providing massive profits for weapons manufactures and they taking innocent lives.