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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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14 Responses

  1. Nunya

    Hard to take you seriously when you insert insults. Other than that it was good information.

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  2. Grandma

    People—–they are not trying to take your 2nd amendment right away from you. All I think they are saying is, “If you have the need to use an assault weapon, eg, AR15, join the military. That’s what they are for.

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    • JB

      They. Are not. ASSAULT WEAPONS. That’s a bogus, made-up term. An “assault rifle” is the correct term those who made it up are playing off from. But no semi-automatic rifle is an “assault” rifle. So… to put it in your words, if you really need to join a conversation about “assault” weapons, learn what the hell you’re talking about first.

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      • Andrew Ethier

        An assult rifle is just a rifle. If you assault someone with a bat that would make it an assult bat. It’s not the weapon that makes it an assult anything it’s the actions of the person using it.

  3. Bob Wawa

    Lmao nice sign buddy, wait until they kick in the door at 2 am and throw tear-gas into your room before you can find your assault rifle. Ya they are gonna take it.

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    • Bob Wawa, Jr.

      Who’s gonna kick in the door to collect the guns from the innocent owners? The pro-2nd amendment cops? Or the pro-2nd amendment military?

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      • JONATHAN c HURLEY

        Hands,fists feet attacks as cause of death? 700. Blunt instruments? 425
        knives? 1400. Handguns 5700 (66% suicides). Rifles? 280. And not all rifles are AR-15s.
        Tell me how much sense this makes?

      • Joe Davis

        Bob W. I laid my ar15 on the ground and commanded it to kill someone. It did not comply. I can’t figure out why your not interested in banning knives, fists, box trucks, cars of any kind, alcohol, cigarettes, medical malpractice, ect ect ect. All of these things kill 4 to 10 times as many people every year. A gun is just an instrument. As good or as bad as the person using it. Please stop blaming the instrument.

    • TNGO

      That’s why we keep the strap next to the energy drinks, we don’t sleep. And gas masks aren’t expensive soooo… we will see

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    • jk

      when they take law abiding citizens guns guess who will still have them,
      the criminals!!!!!!!! taking ar style rifles wont do anything to stop gun violence in this country. if you think someone with a pistol cant walk into a grocery store and do just as much damage you sadly mistaken and delusional! stop blaming the gun and blame the people! everything in this country is political and its sad! some of you gun haters need to get your head out of your as s!

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    • ken

      An AR-15 is not an “assault rifle”, whatever you think that is. Who’s the “they” that will be throwing tear gas and why? If I’m awakened in the middle of the night by my door being kicked in it won’t be a rifle I’ll reach for. Also, unless I hear them yell out and identify themselves as law enforcement then I will use whatever is at hand to defend myself despite your disdain for me doing so.

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    • Bob Wawa is an idiot

      If someone is kicking in my door, its not my AR -15 I will be reaching for. I know that shooting that gun in my house would go through my walls an into the house next door. I will be reaching for my shot gun. I can go more damage to who ever I am shooting at and it rounds wont go through the walls. In the state I live in, if someone comes into my house uninvited it legal to shoot them.

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