Birmingham, Alabama, has had 53 times the rate of justifiable homicides recorded by the FBI UCR for the nation, so far in 2019. The City has 11 Justified homicides as of 2 December.
The justified homicide rate in Detroit is 25 times the national average. The number of murders is the lowest in 50 years.
In Syracuse, New York, the defensive shooting of a criminal suspect by a citizen was considered justified. The media was not notified. Defensive gun uses are not required to be reported.
A person who dies because they did not have a gun is just as dead as a person who is murdered with a gun. In practice, overall unjustified homicides tend to rise a bit when gun are banned.
Most murderers have a long history of violent behavior. Knowledge of that violent behavior can be part of the justification for a defensive shooting.
Most justified homicides, both by police and by private citizens, are not recorded in the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR).
The Felony Murder Rule is a law where a person who is involved in a felony can be charged with murder if someone dies as a result of the felony.
Two retailers have chosen firearms as effective means of protecting themselves and their customers against armed robbers.
Those who want a disarmed population make much of the few hundred homicides from all over the country officially designated as such by the FBI.
Investigators decided the shooter acted within the law when he shot a would-be robber 11 times at a Hixson, Tennessee apartment complex in March of 2016.
A large percentage of homicides remain unsolved. We cannot know how many of them are jusiified homicides, but we can be sure that some are.
We do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides. Most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals.
There is no national tally of justified homicides in the United States. The FBI UCR grossly under reports this item. 1,500 to 3,000 is a reasonable estimate.
As 2014 draws to a close, a 38 percent spike in Detroit’s justified homicides is partially attributed to a modest drop in the homicide rate.