Since the pwnd YSM (Yellow Stream Media) will once again be going into a tizzy over a death by gunfire, it is likely a good time to remind folks about the reality. That reality is that you are far more likely to have a homicide by Knife or even by bare HANDS than by an “assault rifle” (or any rifle).
I also must once again protest the ABSURD left wing lie of calling “ugly guns” “assault rifles” when they are not. The actual technical definition of an Assault Rifle is a gun that is, basically, a small sub-machine gun. Something that is very rare in America and requires a multiple $Hundred licence to posses. What The Lying Left has done is to codify in law, a lie, by defining “assault rifle” as a collection of irrelevant traits that they don’t like. Pistol grips, flash hiders, etc. I will call these Military STYLE semi-auto rifles as that is accurate. They are designed to LOOK LIKE but not function like their military counterparts.
So what’s the reality?
FBI Stats Show Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close
COLUMNIST, VIRAL POLITICS
February 19, 2018
2:19 PM ET
Knives kill far more people in the United States than rifles do every year.
However, recent statistics from 2016 show that knives actually kill nearly five times as many people as rifles that year.
According to the FBI, 1,604 people were killed by “knives and cutting instruments” and 374 were killed by “rifles” in 2016.
The statistics match the trends seen in previous years, which show knife murders far outnumbering rifle statistics. In 2013, knives were used to kill 1,490 and rifles were used to kill 285.
Note: That is ALL Rifles. NOT just the Military Style semi-auto rifles. Those are much less.
In the article, it has a graph (I think from another year) showing the stats that includes the category “personal weapons (hands, feet, etc.) at 656 and “blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) at 472 both ranking above ALL rifles at 374.
So hands, feet, hammers and clubs are far more a risk than any rifle at all, and way more than Military Style semi-auto rifles.
So where’s the politically driven cry for “Assault Hammer Ban!”? How about for registration of hands and feet? It really is that absurd. So the only reasonable conclusion is that this is all political hype to disarm the American population and demonize anyone who stands for classical values.
Writing on the issue of handgun violence, The Federalist makes this interesting point:
“But what about handgun murders?” you might ask. “They’re responsible for the majority of gun murders, so why don’t we just ban them and stop worrying about rifles?”
Easy: because gun bans and strict gun control don’t really prevent gun violence. Take, for example, Illinois and California. In 2013, there were 5,782 murders by handgun in the U.S. According to FBI data, 20 percent of those — 1,157 of the 5,782 handgun murders — happened in Illinois and California, which have two of the toughest state gun control regimes in the entire country. And even though California and Illinois contain about 16 percent of the nation’s population, those two states are responsible for over 20 percent of the nation’s handgun murders.
Ban or strongly restrict guns, get more murders. It really IS that simple. Yet there is more. When the general population is disarmed, more of the dead are the innocent. When the innocent are armed, the Bad Guy Perpetrator has much higher odds of being the (legitimate) homicide.
But now you know why it’s so stupid to try to “disarm” people. Karate was developed in response to a Weapons Ban in Okinawa by the occupying Japanese. My hands and feet are more likely to kill than my Military Style Semi-Auto rifle. As is my stealth Battle Hammer or any hammer really. In fact, in ancient times, more folks were killed with Battle Hammers than by sword. A 2 lb weight with about a 2 to 3 foot max length is best, BTW. We won’t even talk about my geology Rock Hammer REQUIRED by the University for my Geology classes:
This one is about ideal at 22 oz.
With practice, we could neatly punch both large and small drinking holes in the top of our soda cans (back before pull tabs…) and both the spike end and hammer end are lethal if necessary. Put a few broken rocks next to it on the car floor and have a geology text book or local geology field guide to complete the “story”. They also can be bought with a holster. Very useful when camping or venturing into “the wild” where a weapon looks odd, but saying “Oh, I’m into geology, have you seen any igneous outcrops?” is all it takes.
$22.44 at present. They also have a 14 oz version for those of smaller build, and you can get them with longer handles, like this one, that are even closer to ideal:
In winter / snow conditions, the ice climbing axe and crampons are a better fit to the “story” of the moment, though a camping axe and camp stove / pup tent (good to have in cold weather driving anyway) also make a good “story”.
You can be STUPID and argue for disarmament, or realize that unless you run around chopping off hands and feet, banning anything heavy or sharp, and insisting nobody ever changes a tire, that’s an impossible task. (My long handle torque wrench with socket matching the wheels is always in my car, and about the same as a Battle Hammer…) And then remember that ALL rifles kill far fewer people than those things, and “Assault Rifles” are a vanishingly small part of “All rifles”; then think a minute and realize any “ban” of rifles is only a political act with no foundation in thought or reality.