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FBI Stats Put “Assault Rifle” Hysteria into Proper Context

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The FBI recently published some new gun statistics in the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for the Left to ignore. The same way they ignore that Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) stats show there is no epidemic of cops hunting and killing black people in the streets, as BLM and Antifa contend. These UCR stats reveal that criminals use plenty of other weapons to kill their victims much more often than the “assault rifles” the Left wants to ban.

Matt Palumbo, content manager at Dan Bongino’s Bongino Report has crunched the UCR numbers and revealed some edifying numbers. For example, the UCR shows, in 2019, “at least 4 times more people were killed with knives than ‘assault rifles.’” Regardless, we all know the gun-grabbers will continue to go after “assault rifles” (no such real category) for this reason: rifles like the AR-15 are very popular with American gun owners.

The gun-grabbing left has been “scapegoating” so-called assault rifles because murderers sometimes use them in the rare, high profile, mass shootings. Do we really have to keep reminding the gun control nuts that all semi-automatic rifles function in pretty much the same way? Pull the trigger once, and one bullet comes out. The differences in what the Left considers an assault rifle and a non-assault rifle are cosmetic—they look scary to non-gun folks.

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Palumbo reported “at least 4 times more people…” because there is no distinction made in the UCR between people killed with an “assault rifle” and a non-assault rifle (because there is no distinction to be made). So, as Palumbo points out, even if the split between the two types of rifles (which are not two types of rifles) were “50/50 it would imply that eight times as many people are killed every year by knives that assault rifles.”

Putting the nonsensical rifle-defining exercise in absurdity, the point is suspects kill many more victims with knives than with the rifles the Left is always trying to take away from Americans. The UCR shows, “1,476 victims were murdered with ‘knives or cutting instruments,’ whereas 364 people were killed with rifles, including the vague category of ‘assault rifles.’”

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In fact, the UCR reports more suspects used blunt objects to kill their victims than used rifles. And, though the gun-grabbing Left won’t acknowledge or respect this reality, plenty of their fellow Americans understand the need—yes, need—to be armed. This is understandable. With leftist state and city leaders encouraging the rioting, collaborating with anarcho-Marxists, and defunding or abolishing the police, what do they expect?

With Democrats all snuggled up with the violent anarchists and communists, and with the threat of a Second Amendment-targeting Biden/Harris administration taking the White House (God forbid), gun sales are in the stratosphere. People don’t only vote at the ballot box (or mailbox); they also vote with their behavior—like buying guns. Palumbo reported more Americans bought guns in the first eight months of 2020 than during the entirety of 2019.

meet the author

Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He's served as a field training officer and on the East Precinct Community Police Team. He's the author of four books, including "De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State." He's also a contributor to the National Police Association.

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