Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Deadliest Year for Police 2010

OnlineAthens reports on the grim situation.

As of June 30 - just halfway into this year - officer fatalities already had reached 75 percent of the 116 who died in all of 2009, which saw the fewest line-of-duty deaths in 50 years, according to the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

"It is certainly disheartening that last year's encouraging news on officer fatalities has not continued into 2010," said Craig W. Floyd, chairman of the fund that built and maintains a monument inscribed with downed officers' names in Washington, D.C.

More guns = more gun deaths among police. Or is it more complex than that?

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  1. MikeB: “More guns = more gun deaths among police. Or is it more complex than that?”

    Didn’t you just read what they said about 2009? And 30 seconds later you type this???

  2. Although very close, more police die in traffic collisions than by firearms.

    Would be interesting to see how that ratio trends across time.

  3. So you want to ban Cars, Mike?

    No references to guns there, cops mostly die in auto accidents, and I thank them for their risk and service.

    “What’s a better example of sheep-like behavior than mindlessly repeating catchy one liners, regardless of their veracity?” -MikeB30200

  4. How many of those this year involved firearms? The article does not say so how does this suddenly become a "more guns" story?

    Also, what percentage of the year's total were they at on June 30 of last year? Perhaps 75% by the middle of the year is a normal cycle? Maybe more cops get killed during the first half of the year? Or do cops regulate their deaths so they can spread it out evenly over the entire year?

    Anyway, there is nothing from the article that could be used to argue for gun control. And then actually, with the explosion of gun purchases made in 2008 and 2009, then we could argue that more guns mean fewer police deaths.