Big Money Essay

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Name___________________________________ 2010 Murders by State and Type of Weapon (States with the highest total number of murders) State | Total murders | Total Firearms | Handguns | Rifles | Shotguns | Firearms (type unknown) | Knives/cutting instruments | Other Weapons | Hands, fists, feet, etc | California | 1811 | 1257 | 953 | 59 | 44 | 201 | 250 | 201 | 103 | Texas | 1246 | 805 | 581 | 34 | 48 | 142 | 202 | 130 | 109 | New York | 860 | 517 | 135 | 6 | 12 | 364 | 173 | 148 | 22 | Pennsylvania | 646 | 457 | 367 | 8 | 11 | 71 | 67 | 94 | 28 | Michigan | 558 | 413 | 239 | 25 | 14 | 135 | 43 | 71 | 31 | Georgia | 527 | 376 | 315 | 19 | 21 | 21 | 64 | 85 | 2 | Ohio | 460 | 310 | 176 | 7 | 2 | 125 | 40 | 93 | 17 | Illinois | 453 | 364 | 355 | 3 | 1 | 5 | 30 | 43 | 16 | North Carolina | 445 | 286 | 188 | 21 | 25 | 52 | 56 | 72 | 31 | Louisiana | 437 | 351 | 263 | 19 | 11 | 58 | 42 | 31 | 13 | Source: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10tbl20.xls Use the information in the table above to answer the following questions. Show your work! Students who do not show their work will not get full credit for this assignment. 1. Calculate the mean number of murders among the states with the top ten highest total murders in 2010. 2. Calculate the percentage of total murders in Pennsylvania that were committed using a handgun. 3. Calculate the median number of times knives/cutting instruments were used to commit a murder in the states with the top ten highest total murders in 2010. OVER 4. In which state, Texas or Michigan, was it more likely that a murder was committed by the use of a rifle in 2010? Provide evidence. 5. Given your understanding of the Uniform Crime report (as discussed in lecture), why might a researcher interested in learning about murder

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