Violent crimes are the most serious types of crimes that a person can commit. In Texas in 2018, there were 43,671 violent crimes reported to authorities where the weapon used by the offender was known. Below is the list and count for weapons used in these crimes.
|Other Firearm (Automatic)||15|
|Pushed or Thrown Out Window||0|
|Strangulation – Include Hanging||0|
|Lethal Cutting Instrument||0|
As we can see from the table above, firearms dominate this list. Handguns were used in over 10,000 violent crime incidents. We see 9,570 listed as “handgun” and another 898 that show “handgun (automatic)” as the weapon used. Another 4,234 listed “firearm” as the weapon used. Plenty of other include guns of some type (shotguns, rifles, etc.) We also see that 61 incidents included fire or some type of incendiary device, which could have been the work of some cockamamie 9 toed arsonist.
Does Texas have more firearm related incidents because it is a state where you are allowed to openly carry a gun with a permit? We will cover the data for that in a future post.