Assault Weapons Are Not The Problem

Posted by admin on September 19, 2013 in 2nd Ammendment, from The Left Coast Pundit |
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http://left-coast-pundit.com/2013/01/27/20130126.aspx?ref=rss

 …Only 2.6% of the murders in the U.S. in 2011 were committed using rifles, and many of these were in the hands of police officers who had to stop a criminal.  Looking at the raw numbers, you are more than twice as likely to be killed by someone using their bare hands than by someone using a rifle.  But it gets even more strange…your odds of being beaten to death with a blunt object are 1.5 time more likely, and your chances of being stabbed to death are more than twice as likely.  Applying the logic of the Left, we should be outlawing people with big fists, baseball bats & steak knives before we start going after rifles.

Weapons 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2011  % of Total
Handguns 7,398  6,800 6,501 6,115 6,220 49.1%
Rifles 453  380 351 367 323 2.6%
Shotguns 457 442 423 366 356 2.8%
Other guns 116 81 96 93 97 0.8%
Firearms, type not stated 1,705 1,825 1,828 1,933 1,587 12.5%
     Total firearms: 10,129 9,528 9,199 8,874 8,583 67.8%
Knives or cutting instruments 1,817 1,888 1,836 1,732 1,694 13.4%
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 647 603 623 549 496 3.9%
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 869 875 817 769 728 5.7%
Poison 10 9 7 11 5 0.0%
Explosives 1 11 2 4 12 0.1%
Fire 131 85 98 78 75 0.6%
Narcotics 52 34 52 45 29 0.2%
Drowning 12 16 8 10 15 0.1%
Strangulation 134 89 122 122 85 0.7%
Asphyxiation 109 87 84 98 89 0.7%
Other weapons or weapons not stated 1,005 999 904 872 853 6.7%
     Total 14,916 14,224 13,752 13,164 12,664 100.0%

Source: www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8  …

…BTW…my definition of gun control means using both hands.
UPDATE:  On average, there are 375 people struck by lightening each year.  So, you are more likely to be struck by lightening than you are to be killed with a rifle. 

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