What’s the Biggest Danger: “Assault Weapons” or Feet and Hands?

What’s the Biggest Danger: “Assault Weapons” or Feet and Hands?

Given President Joe Biden’s insistence that so-called “assault weapons” (the term anti-gun extremists created to refer to the semi-automatic firearms owned and used legally by millions of Americans) must be banned for reasons of public safety, one would think these rifles were being used in a staggering number of murders. In fact, a person is more likely to be killed by someone else’s hands and feet than by any type of rifle—Biden’s “assault weapons” included! Yes, feet and hands, which helped kill more people in 2020 than rifles, according to the 2020 “ Uniform Crime Report ” (UCR) that was compiled and recently released by the FBI. The UCR’s “Expanded Homicide Data, Table 8, Murder Victims by Weapon, 2016 – 2020” makes for some interesting reading for those who are concerned about our safety. It shows that in 2020, rifles of all types were reported to have been used in 454 murders. “Personal weapons,” which the FBI defines as hands, fists, feet, and even pushing someone, accounted for 657 murders. Meanwhile, “knives or cutting instruments” were used in 1,732 murders, making knives and similar items more than three times more frequently employed than rifles in murders, and two times more frequently reported to have been used than shotguns (at 203 murders) and rifles combined. If anything, one would think Biden might define these sharp-edged objects as “assault knives” or “assault cutting instruments,” declare a public-safety emergency, and propose legislation to ban these items. The above patterns are very consistent […]

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