Commentary: As Dems Push Gun Control, FBI Stats Reveal Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles

As Democrats try to use two recent mass shootings to justify pushing gun control legislation that would outlaw rifles such as the popular AR-15 platform, it’s worth noting that knives, hands and feet actually kill more people than rifles, according to data on homicides compiled by the federal government.

According to numbers from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports program, which tracks a variety of data from crime across the nation, Democrats would be attempting to ban knives and clubs if they were truly serious about saving lives.

They are, of course, not serious about undertaking such an endeavor to preserve life.

Legislation such as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 and the recently introduced House bills HR 8 and HR 1446 is designed to chip away at Americans’ individual liberties to buy and own firearms. Democrats particularly have it out for what they call “assault rifles,” as these individuals are not literate with regard to guns and gun ownership.

What’s so often misrepresented as an “assault rifle” by anti-gun activists is just a run-of-the-mill semiautomatic rifle that looks menacing to people who are under the impression that certain cosmetic features — often plastic — make these guns more deadly than something like a .223 bolt action rifle.

But shootings such as those that occurred in Georgia and Colorado this month have now given them a pretext to go after firearms — and particularly rifles.

These Democratic bills were introduced before either of those senseless massacres. Now, the shootings are being used as a justification for why they were written.

As the anti-gun lobby jumps into its familiar hyperbole, everyone should take a look at some especially surprising statistics from the FBI.

According to data compiled about homicides across the country in 2019, which is the most recent year about which such data is available, 10,258 were killed by guns that year. The vast majority of those guns were not the dreaded semiautomatic rifles Democrats want to ban.

The FBI reported handguns killed 6,368 Americans in 2019 while shotguns were responsible for 200 deaths nationwide.

Forty-five people were killed with weapons broadly designated as being from some “other gun.” There were an additional 3,281 gun deaths in which the weapon used was not specified by the FBI.

Shockingly, only 364 people were killed by rifles, which is but a fraction of all gun deaths and doesn’t square up with all of the rhetoric coming from Washington.

Another surprise: Cases where a person was killed by another person’s hands, fists or feet outnumbered homicides carried out using rifles by a pretty big margin. Per the FBI, 600 people were killed in 2019 by the use of human extremities.

Meanwhile, simple weapons or objects that can be found just about anywhere killed more people in 2019 than rifles. Per the FBI, 1,476 Americans were killed in 2019 by “knives” or “cutting instruments,” while “clubs,” “hammers” and other “blunt objects” were used to kill 397 people.

More people were killed by the use of blunt force trauma not related to the use of a hand or foot than were killed by rifles.

Ideally, we would all live in a world where none of these murders occurred and the entire “true crime” genre of television disappeared forever while Democrats could get their wish: police stations that are forever closed.

We don’t live in that world. We live among sick, evil, vile, nihilistic, morally bankrupt and disgruntled people who commit horrendous atrocities.

But if we’re being honest about the numbers, AR-15 rifles are not killing people with an alarming frequency.

Democrats ought to start talking about banning paperweights and household tools if they want anyone to believe these recent pieces of gun-grabbing legislation are about preserving life.

All homicides matter — not just the ones committed by people armed with rifles.

President Joe Biden’s Tuesday talk of banning “assault rifles” is about nothing more than attempting to outlaw something that represents the American spirit of independence for millions of people.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Responses

  1. Guns don’t kill people, gun free zones kill people.
    Nearly every “mass” shooting occurs in gun free zones.
    Schools, theaters and as in Colorado at a store that posts no gun signs.
    But, but the guy brought a gun into the store.
    Why did he bring a gun into a store with a no guns sign posted?
    Because he knew the law abiding citizens shopping in that store would not be able to shoot back.
    A “mass” shooting is when 3 people are shot, but the 11 per day shot in Chicago don’t count because they are not all shot in the same shooting.
    Drunk drivers kill more than guns.
    And let’s not forget the 900 per day killed by a vacuum machine before they even get a chance to breath.
    If the Democrats really cared about “the children” maybe they should start there.

    1. You realize King Soopers was having gun violence issues at their stores prior to saying no guns in stores right? That’s why they asked for no guns to begin with.

  2. Cool story. Can you show me the stats on mass stabbings that killed or severely injured multiple victims? The fact is, its a lot easier to take out a lot of people with a gun vs a knife.

    I don’t really support most guns control proposals, but this argument is stupid.

    1. pretty sure the mass killing with a knife/sword was in japan… you could just look it up yourself tho

  3. What is so “consistent” about DemocRATs is they believe that bombs don’t kill people, the bomber does. And cars don’t kill people, the driver does. And knives don’t kill people, the stabber does. Then why, through that logic, do they think guns kill people, when it is the one who pulls the trigger does? You see, Leftist Liberal, DemocRATs don’t think, they “feel”!

  4. Are you really trying to tell DemocRATs about actual accurate correct statistics? Silly person – they don’t care about facts: they don’t think, they “feel”!

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