By: Konrad Holden
On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a report which included statistics showing that there were more than 3.5 times as many people stabbed in 2020 than killed by a rifle. These statistics are similar to at least the past three years of data. These facts undermine the left-wing push for outlawing semi-automatic rifles in order to curtail crime.
In March of 2021, left-wing Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill into the Senate that would ban “assault weapons” including the popular AR-15 rifle.
Shortly after that, the new Biden administration announced the nomination of gun control hawk David Chipman as the new leader of the ATF, which takes the lead in enforcing federal firearm laws. During his confirmation hearings, Chipman said he supported Feinstein’s “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021” bill.
But a new report released by the FBI undermines the central claim of that legislation and the left’s attack on so-called “assault weapons” and “ghost guns”.
The Uniform Crime Report showed that there were 454 people killed with rifles while 1,732 were killed with “knives or cutting instruments” in 2020. This means that someone was more than 3.5 times more likely to be killed by a knife than a gun in 2021.
If weapon bans actually did as intended, these statistics would suggest that it would be more probable that a knife ban would curtail more crime.
“It’s a particularly lethal weapon, and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for.” - Former ATF Director nominee David Chipman
"One of the things about our Constitution is that we understood early on that if you live in a dictatorship, or in places where the government runs everything, the first thing they take away from you is not just your speech, but your ability to defend yourself. That's why the Second Amendment exists. The ability to own a gun responsibly is a constitutional right in America, and here's what I would say: we need that right today, as much as any other time in American history." - Sen. Lindsey Graham