The liberals and their media accomplices are once again trying to take advantage of a tragedy; the latest being the murder of 49 innocent citizens in Orlando, Florida. It makes no sense to disarm law abiding citizens because bad people use guns to kill. If the liberals want to ban weapons used to kill folks, their focus on guns is misplaced. More people are killed with clubs and hammers than with rifles.
Amid the push for an “assault weapons” ban following the Sandy Hook attack, Breitbart News consulted FBI numbers for the years 2005-2011 and found that the number of murders by hammers and clubs constantly topped the number of murders by rifle. In 2005 the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. In 2011, 323 murders were committed with a rifle but 496 murders were committed with hammers and clubs.
And it should be noted the rifles in the FBI stats include all kinds of rifles – bolt-actions, semiautomatic hunting rifles, semiautomatic target rifles, etc. – so the percentage of deaths in which rifles like the AR-15 were used would be even smaller than the overall numbers quoted above.
AR-15s are not “automatic” rifles. Although politicians like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, left wing celebrities, and media pundits refer to the AR-15 as an “automatic” weapon—Geraldo Rivera repeatedly refers to the AR-15 as a “machine gun”―the fact remains that AR-15s are semiautomatic firearms. They shoot one round―and only one round―each time the trigger is pulled. This means an AR-15 shoots no faster than a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun, or a Glock or Sig Sauer .40 caliber handgun, or an H&K or Ruger .45 caliber handgun. Claims to the contrary are based on ignorance or are part of a focused attempt to demonize the AR-15.