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Just weeks ago, Democrat presidential candidate “Beto” O’Rourke  pointed to recent mass shootings in Dayton, OH and El Paso TX as immutable proof that “assault weapons” needed to be banned in the United States. “Hell, yes we’re going to take your AR-15” he promised during the last Democrat debate.

Beto and his fellow gun activists seem to believe if the country made semi-automatic rifles magically disappear, murder would also be ended, once and for all.

 

Except. Rifles are used as a weapon in just two percent of all homicides.

 

You are five times more likely to be killed by a knife than by a rifle. Heck, hands, fists and feet caused twice as many deaths as rifles.

According to the FBI’s crime statistics for 2018, there were 14,123 murders committed with a weapon of some kind. Of the total, rifles claimed 297 victims, compared to 1,515 for knives and other cutting instruments, and 672 for “personal weapons” defined as hands, fists, feet and even pushing. Even blunt objects such as hammers and clubs caused more deaths than rifles.

Because the rifle category includes bolt, pump, and lever-action firearms in addition to semi-automatics, it would be reasonable to estimate the actual percentage of AR-15s used would be even smaller.

 

For reference, shotguns claimed 235 victims, only slightly lower than rifles as a whole.

Now, it must be said that the vast majority of homicides, 73 percent, were committed using a firearm. But it’s handguns that are most widely used in murders. Specifically, handguns were used in 6,603 murders.

 

So you know it’s not really AR-15s that gun activists want to get out of civilian hands. It’s all guns. Every. Single. One. Because they believe that’s the only way to keep our children safe.

 

But why should “red flag” laws apply only to firearms, when thousands of murders are committed by other means?

Using, the left’s logic (which in itself is an oxymoron, emphasis on moron), we should also be banning all kitchen knives — or at the very least, demanding universal background checks and a waiting period for those seeking to purchase a Ginsu.

Ruth’s Chris needs to stop putting those big scary sharp knives on the table, and maybe just pre-cut everyone’s steak for safety (of course, why are they encouraging the consumption of beef anyway).

 

In fact, why stop there? Walmart needs to bow to public opinion and put hammers under lock and key, or perhaps stop selling them all together.

While we’re at it, we should also put strict controls on kickboxing classes and martial arts dojos, right? We certainly don’t want children learning how to fight.

 

Sounds far-fetched? We’re not so sure. Remember, this is the same crowd that wants to control what kind of straw you get in your ice tea.

 

 

 

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