Yesterday this happened.
Since the last assault weapon’s ban expired…more than 350 people have been killed with assault weapons. More than 450 have been injured. We should be outraged…
I concur that any taking of innocent life is a terrible tragedy no matter how it occurs. Yet this foaming at the mouth by the gun control crowd to do something about “assault weapons” really isn’t justified when you simply examine the facts and stack them up against their rationale. What are the facts? I’m glad you asked, look no further than the FBI table on Expanded Homicide Data for 2011.
In 2011 there were 12,664 murders in which weapons were involved. It should be noted that theirs is a broad definition of weapons, considering some of the items which appear on the list.
Of those 12,664 murders…
-6,220 were committed using handguns
-323 were committed using rifles
-356 were committed using shotguns
-97 were committed using “other guns”
-1,694 were committed using knives
-496 were committed using blunt objects
-728 were committed using hands, feet, fists etc.
Let’s assume that all 323 of the murders committed using rifles were done with “assault weapons.” Of course we know this to be untrue since Sen. Feinstein stated that 350 people have been killed with “assault weapons” since the ban expired in 2004. Yet for simplicity’s sake let’s assume all 323 of those murders in 2011 were done with the spawn of Lucifer, forged in the pits of hell itself, the AR15.
In 2011 the population of the US was 310 million people. That means that your chance of being murdered by an “assault rifle” in 2011 was 0.000104%. As a matter of fact an individual was 19 times more likely to be murdered by a pistol, 5 times more likely to be murdered by a knife, 2 times more likely to be murdered by hands/feet/fists.
So where is this outrage coming from? They state that “assault weapons” are evil and need to be dealt with! Why I ask, because 323 people died at the wrong end of a rifle barrel in 2011? I’m not trying to be callous here, I’m trying to wrap my head around their rationale. 323 people in 2011 is terrible to hear about but if they (politicians) were so concerned about senseless deaths and wanted to hold news conferences maybe they should acknowledge:
-9,855 people die every year from drunk driving, 27 per day, 211 of those were children in 2010.
-1,825 children die every year from child abuse and neglect, 5 every day.
-2,500 people die every year from choking
-25,000 die every year from accidental falls
Right about now you might be burned out on statistics so I’ll wrap it up. Here’s a thought, why aren’t they going after all of the pistols which accounted for 6,220 deaths in 2011? Not that I support any such measure but I think you can see where I’m coming from. It simply doesn’t make sense. This push for an “assault weapons ban” is simply unfounded given the evidence. Mass shootings are indeed tragic and I acknowledge that but far more people die every year from other causes and you don’t hear a peep about that from the media. No 24/7 news coverage, no Piers Morgan on television stating that we simply must do something about all of those senseless choking or accidental fall related deaths. This agenda to paint “assault weapons” in a bad light is an affront to our legal right as law abiding citizens to own these guns. Our individual rights to own them are indeed guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment (read: shall not be infringed), and our sovereign rights trump that of the greater good.