People have been calling for assault rifle bans..because apparently deaths caused by them are out of control. However the official crime stats don’t support their contention.
It is official and from no less a source than the FBI official crime stats. More people are killed each year in the US from attacks with hammers and clubs than with assault rifles.
According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with an assault rifle.
This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats’ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course.
However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.
Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.
And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.
For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.
There you are, the facts speak for themselves.
While we are talking about banning things that kill people…
Another interesting fact: According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles.
And here is a little pop quiz for you to see if you can tell the difference between an “assault rifle” and a hunting rifle…please do not put your answers in the comments…I’m actually interested in the results.
Which gun would you ban under the proposed assault rifle ban?
- Neither (51%, 76 Votes)
- The bottom one (35%, 52 Votes)
- Both (9%, 13 Votes)
- The top one (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 148