There is no fiddling with the statistics. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, handguns are used in the overwhelming majority of murders in the United States. Insider Online looked at data all the way back to 2011, and the numbers don’t lie. In 2011, handguns were specifically identified as the murder weapon in 6,251 of the 8,653 firearms-related slayings. The following year, they were the guns of choice in 6,404 of the 8,897 murders involving firearms.