Nevada Leads in Females Murdered by Males; Nearly Half Involving Firearms

For three years running Nevada had the nation's highest rate of females murdered by males, according to an organization that advocates tougher gun laws.

The Violence Policy Center of Washington, D.C., reported that Nevada led the nation in 2008 through 2010 as well as in 2006. Nevada's 2010 murder rate, 2.62 per 100,000 females, was based on 35 victims.

Of the 176 females killed by males from 2006 through 2010, 83 or 47.2 percent were killed by firearms, the center reported. In all but one of those years, the victim and assailant knew one another more than 90 percent of the time.

When it comes to domestic violence overall, though, firearms are rarely a factor. The Nevada Department of Public Safety reported that of the 24,246 reported domestic violence cases from 2007 to 2011 in Clark County, only 1.2 percent of the incidents involved firearms. The number one weapons in those cases by far were hands, fists or feet.


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