The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting has predictably lead to liberal calls for more gun laws and more disarming of citizens with at least one liberal college professor (is that redundant?) claiming it’s time the USA ban all guns. It’s the typical knee jerk reaction and attempt to never let a tragedy go to waste. However a newly released FBI study is demonstrating that liberals are trying to ban the wrong weapons.
Breitbart reports on the new FBI data and it turns the “guns are killing everybody” narrative on its ear. Turns out the gun-grabbers really ought to be focused on collecting blades, because that’s how far more people are injured or murdered:
“The FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2016 shows more than four times as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles of any kind.”
And because the category of rifles covers every type of rifle, this means there would be an even greater divide between the number of people stabbed to death versus those shot to death with an AR-15 or similar rifle.
According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. There were 1,604 people killed with “knives or cutting instruments.”
Table 12 also shows that more people were killed via the use of “hands, fists, feet, etc.,” than were killed by rifles of any kind. In fact, the tally shows that the death numbers were not even close. While approximately 374 people were shot and killed with rifles, roughly 656 people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc.”
On September 26, 2016, Breitbart News reported similar gaps between rifle/shotgun homicides and stabbing homicides. UCR figures showed the number of people killed with rifles and shotguns combined in 2015 was approximately 548. Nearly three times that many — approximately 1,573 people — were stabbed or hacked to death.
This is not to diminish the deaths of those who did die via a rifle. But it does show that the Democrats’ relentless focus on banning “assault weapons” is a focus on something that is not used for homicide with anywhere near the frequency of knives and/or fists and feet.”
There you have it. Numbers don’t lie. More people are murdered each year by hands and fists than by “assault rifles.” Why don’t we see Diane Feinstein -who recently let the truth slip out about her gun control desires- and the rest of the usual suspects suggesting we start banning them?
Bottom line is simple. Jihadists and unbalanced individuals who are bent on killing are going to use whatever means available to them – guns, knives, trucks, stones, crock pots, whatever. We can’t ban everything and even if we could it still wouldn’t stop them. So stop trying to rob everyone else of our ability to protect ourselves.
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]