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Forum Post: So how many "Assault Weapons" were used to kill compared to other means of killing?

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 11, 2013, 10:09 p.m. EST by Shayneh (-482)
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It's apparent that the emotions of the people of this country have focused on "Assault Weapons" (AR-15 or similar weapon in design)and the need to restrict or ban them altogether, because that was weapon used to kill children in Sandyhook.

But let me ask - how many times has a "Assault Weapon" (AR-15 or similar weapon) been used to kill someone compared to other meathods of killing?

Why is there such a demand for banning or restricting these weapons when in fact a vast majority of murders are comitted using other weapons of choice.

Assault weapons are not the weapons of choice among drug dealers, gang members or criminals in general.

Assault weapons are used in about one-fifth of one percent of all violent crimes and about one percent in gun crimes.

It is estimated that from one to seven percent of all homicides are committed with assault weapons

So, it appears based on factual statistics that the problem is not with "Assault Weapons" the problem lies with the criminal mind and violent people wanting to kill other people

If assault weapons are so rarely used in crime, why all the hoopla when certain military-style-semi-automatic weapons were banned by the Crime Control Act of 1994?

A Washington Post editorial (September 15, 1994) summed it up best:

No one should have any illusions about what was accomplished (by the ban). Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime.

Apparently it's not about "solving the violence in this country" but all about more government control.



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[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

So then you want them all banned?


You've finally come to your senses.........................:)

Thanks for standing strong against all gun crime.

Oh by the way "assault weapons" have killed many millions of people.

It's what they are made for.

Why do you think they make them the way they do?

To shoot rabbits?


[-] 1 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 5 years ago

People support gun-ownership because they can think of no other way to resist fascism. They rely on the Second Amendment, because they have lost faith in the First. Taking away their guns is like taking away their right to speak or their right to assemble: It's a form of disempowerment, and of course they will resist.

If you want fewer guns, then provide an alternative! Revive the First Amendment! Show that it is possible to use speech alone to stop corporate socialism. Show that speech and assembly can be more effective than gun ownership.

That is an impossible task so long as "we the people" insist on keeping ourselves hopelessly divided. Before we can speak to the powers that be, we have to learn how to speak to one another and listen to one another.

[-] 1 points by bigjoe (-117) 5 years ago

I've read that only 2% of gun crimes were commited using rifles, any rifle. The vast majority of gun crimes are commited with handguns.

Hadguns are easy to hide and carry undected.

[-] -1 points by Coyote88 (-24) 5 years ago

Waste of time. Facts, logic, rationality have no place here.

[-] 0 points by bigjoe (-117) 5 years ago

Thanks, I have quickly learned that.