Guns and knives
Of all weapons of violence, guns cause the greatest harm, followed by bladed weapons. It is estimated that over half a million of people die from armed violence every year and the highest proportion of these will be at the end of a gun. This is just those killed by guns, countless more are wounded, or take their lives with one. Knife crime, whilst harder to control, creates cultures of fear and violence that can fuel stabbings. AOAV seeks to stimulate the debate about guns and knives, and their role in violence, through detailed research and focused advocacy.
London’s 2023 murders examined: key figures in the UK capital’s homicides
This report presents a detailed analysis of the estimated 103 homicides that occurred in Greater London in 2023, marked by a concerning trend in violent crimes. Stabbings emerged as the predominant method of killing, accounting for over 60% of cases.
London’s 2022 murders examined: key figures in the UK capital’s homicides
In 2022, Greater London witnessed a decline in homicides, with 109 cases, the lowest since 2014. Despite this overall decrease, this report unveils concerning trends: Black individuals were disproportionately represented as both victims and offenders of homicide, accounting for 44.04% of victims and 48.35% of accused.
One in four shot by UK police are black, yet tiny fraction of armed officers are black – AOAV study finds
A quarter of people shot by armed police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the last five years were black, whilst only 0.2% of armed officers identify as black.
Deaths from police shootings in England and Wales at levels not seen for almost a decade
The death of a man during a police operation near the M62 brings the total number of people shot and killed by police in England and Wales to levels not seen for almost a decade.
US Department of Defence spend on guns in ‘War on Terror’ revealed
in 14 years of the 'War on Terror' the US DoD issued over $40 billion worth of contracts on guns and ammo and more than 1.4 million guns sent to arm Iraq and Afghanistan forces.
15 shootings that changed the law
AOAV looks at 15 mass shootings and the legal impact on gun control they had.
The Devil’s Trade: an investigation into guns and violence in El Salvador
A report by AOAV on the impact of guns and gangs in El Salvador
A trade in iron and blood: the impact of American guns on armed violence in Mexico
Almost 70% of weapons used in Mexican drug feuds have been identified as having originated from the US.