Two-thirds of criminal homicides in the United States involve handguns. Knives come in second as the weapon of choice, accounting for about 14 percent of all homicidal deaths. Blunt objects such as hammers, clubs, tire irons, candle holders, rocks, and baseball bats come in third at about five percent. That leaves hands, feet, rifles, shotguns, stairways, cliffs, ropes, belts, ice picks, pillows, poisons, water, vehicles, and matches. Modes of murder far outnumber its motives.