Semi-auto rifles are involved in less than 2.5% of murders, which are trending downwards nationally
September 16, 2013
Major media outlets are now reporting that one of the Washington Navy Yard shooters was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
No doubt that this will lead to a continued push by the establishment to completely ban “assault rifles,” especially in the heels of California passing a bill to stop new sales of semi-automatic rifles.
How many mass shootings will convince you the AR-15 should be illegal? Or are you into murder? #GunsKillPeople
— GOPathetic (@GOPathetic) September 16, 2013
According to the FBI’s Crime in the United States 2012 statistics, however, rifles only account for 2.5% (322 of 12,765) of all recorded murders.
Because the “Rifles” category does not further break down rifles by type, it can be safely assumed that the 322 murders involving long arms also include those not typically known as “assault rifles” such as bolt-action and single-shot rifles.
The point is, AR-15 rifles do not even account for 2.5% of recorded murders per the FBI, yet anti-Second Amendment advocates want to ban them even though they are perhaps the best self-defense choice for shooters sensitive to recoil.
As the mainstream media continues to cover the navy yard shooting throughout the day, pay particular attention to the wording and tone that they will use to try and condition you into believing that there is a surging wave of mass murders and AR-15s are to blame.
This isn’t the case at all.
Again, according to the FBI statistics, for the past 20 years violent crime has been trending downwards even though the U.S. population has increased by over 56 million.
This past year, violent crimes were 36.9% lower than the 1993 level.
@CrossfireCNN of 11k deaths from guns per year. The FBI statistics say half of those are suicides. Yet 19k died in 2011 from drunk driving
— John Edmond (@bigedmond) September 13, 2013
Unfortunately the majority of Americans do not realize this.
According to a L.A. Times article from May 7, 2013, 56% of poll respondents believed that violent crimes involving guns are increasing, contrary to the FBI statistics.
“Killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes involving guns have dropped since their peak in the mid-1990s,” the article reported.
Only 12% knew the truth.
But like clockwork, talking heads on the cable news networks will ignore these statistics which do not conform to their agenda to disarm and enslave Americans.