Knife vs Gun
Have you ever wondered how a knife and gun would perform in a deadly situation? Which is more dangerous? What would happen if you were attacked? Lets find out...
Scenario 1: Gunpoint robbery
Imagine you are at gunpoint. You are on the ground and the criminal has their gun pointed to the back of your head. What can you do?
- You could: Quickly turn around and grab your opponents' weapon.
- Possible outcomes: You are too slow and get shot; you are fast enough to grab the gun, but it still goes off, in your hand; you disarm your attacker and turn their weapon against them
- Deaths per year by a knife: 2001 ~ 1700; 2002 ~ 1600; 2003 ~ 1750; 2004 ~ 1800; 2006 ~ 1930.
- Fact: Since 1980 the number of people routinely carrying knives in North America has increased by 92%.
Wounded: What are your chances of dying?
- 40% - mortality rate if you are shot in the head region.
- 20% - mortality rate if you are shot in the core/chest/back region.
- 16% - mortality rate if you are shot in the leg or arm regions.
10% of victims who are shot, die from their wounds
Why choose a gun over a knife?
- Quick attack.
- Greater range.
- Multiple attacks.
30% of victims who are stabbed, die from their wounds
Why choose a knife over a gun?
- Unlimited ammo.
- Never jams.
- Quiet attack.
Departed: annual murders by guns & knives
- 2005 (knife ~ 1.700, gun ~ 11.000).
- 2006 (knife ~ 1.800, gun ~ 10.900).
- 2007 (knife ~ 1.650, gun ~ 11.050).
- 2008 (knife ~ 1.800, gun ~ 9.000).
- 2010 (knife ~ 1.700, gun ~ 8.850).
Sources: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/offences/expanded_information/data/shrtable_07.html; http://www.disastercenter.com/cdc/Table_19_2006.html;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/10/gun-crime-us-state; http://www.shootingvoodoo.com/index.php/articles/gunshot_wounds_and_you; http://www.usadojo.com/articles/knife-vs-gun.htm;
Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Violence in America by James D.Wright, Peter H. Rossi, Kathleen Dalys. Lethality of Firearm-Related Injuries in the United States Population Beaman, et al Annals of
Emergency Medicine 35:3 March 2000; Outcomes Related to the Number and Anatomic Placement of Gunshot Wounds Carr, et al, The Journal of Trauma 64:1 2008.