THE GREAT AR-15 GUN VIOLENCE MYTH

The table below is the FBI’s Expanded Homicide Data Table 8. It details the number of homicides year over year by weapon type and covers a period from 2009 to 2013 inclusive. You’ll notice that homicides have been on the decline in all categories through a period that includes a weak economy and increasing firearm sales. The rifle data includes homicides committed using a rifle and includes mass shootings. The AR-15 is a subset of rifle statistics. Data supplied by the NRA-ILA, indicates that production of AR-15s more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, yet we see a continued decline in rifle related homicides from 2011 to 2012. The NRA also tells us that in 2012, 825,000+  AR-15s were produced, that number is actually closer to 1.1 million AR-15s when you consider Remington’s output. Again we see a decline in rifle related homicides from 2012 to 2013.

Unless you’re remarkably stupid, or a common bold face liar, you can easily see that there’s no correlation between the availability of AR-15s and rifle related homicides; in fact, it’s an inverse relationship. Claiming otherwise is equivalent to suggesting that Conan O’Brien is a Zika virus baby!

Expanded Homicide Data Table 8          
Murder Victims          
by Weapon, 2009–2013          
Weapons 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total 13,752 13,164 12,795 12,888 12,253
Total firearms: 9,199 8,874 8,653 8,897 8,454
Handguns 6,501 6,115 6,251 6,404 5,782
Rifles 351 367 332 298 285
Shotguns 423 366 362 310 308
Other guns 96 93 97 116 123
Firearms, type not stated 1,828 1,933 1,611 1,769 1,956
Knives or cutting instruments 1,836 1,732 1,716 1,604 1,490
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 623 549 502 522 428
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)1 817 769 751 707 687
Poison 7 11 5 13 11
Explosives 2 4 6 8 2
Fire 98 78 76 87 94
Narcotics 52 45 33 38 53
Drowning 8 10 15 14 4
Strangulation 122 122 88 90 85
Asphyxiation 84 98 92 106 95
Other weapons or weapons not stated 904 872 858 802 850
1 Pushed is included in personal weapons.          

If you’re sincere about dealing with gun violence, you need to address the $200 billion to $750 billion of drugs moving through the southern border and deal with gangs and gang related activities. You can’t solve problems by promoting agendas just so you can get invited to the next Malibu beansprout party.

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