The end of year reports are coming in and 2008 marks the lowest in Police Officer fatalities by firearms since 1956!!! There were 41 Police Officers killed by gunfire in 2008. A total of 140 Officers were killed in the line of duty last year, which is a decrease of 27% over 2007 and the lowest year total since 1965. About 30% of those fatalities were by firearm, which is considerably less than historical trends of over 50%. All good news for our Police Officers.
And this all happened in spite of the Assault Weapons Ban sunset and with both increased gun ownership and relaxing of concealed carry laws nation wide. Go figure.