So this topic got me looking at the data for Murder Rates. I found several interesting tidbits by using what I consider to be non-motivated sources such a Zillow (real estate guides give a pretty clear look into an area’s demographics) as well as the FBI and CDC as clearing house of information
The percentage of murders vs the total US population given 327 million population and 8863 murders is 271-7th percent or 0.0000000271% (8863 / 327,000,000)%
The top 30 highest murder cities per 1,000 people were listed here
I found it interesting that of those 30 cities/towns that only one Mayor was Republican (Fairbanks, AK) and most have had long histories of Democrat Political leadership.
The population demographic of most these cities is below the national average for income.
The racial component is over or near 50% black / 50% white which is disparate for the national racial populations.
The FBI states that their murder rates by firearm type were
3096 unstated firearm
187 other firearm
Suicide made up 74% of firearm fatalities (can’t find the link, it had nice pie charts)
Suicide by firearm was only 6% of the total number of attempted suicides but was responsible for 54% of the “successful” attempts.
There were a bunch of other things I stumbled across in the reporting but those stand out.