Major media outlets are now reporting that one of the Washington Navy Yard shooters was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
No doubt that this will lead to a continued push by the establishment to completely ban “assault rifles,” especially in the heels of California passing a bill to stop new sales of semi-automatic rifles.
How many mass shootings will convince you the AR-15 should be illegal? Or are you into murder? #GunsKillPeople
— GOPathetic (@GOPathetic) September 16, 2013
According to the FBI’s Crime in the United States 2012 statistics, however, rifles only account for 2.5% (322 of 12,765) of all recorded murders.
Because the “Rifles” category does not further break down rifles by type, it can be safely assumed that the 322 murders involving long arms also include those not typically known as “assault rifles” such as bolt-action and single-shot rifles.
The point is, AR-15 rifles do not even account for 2.5% of recorded murders per the FBI, yet anti-Second Amendment advocates want to ban them even though they are perhaps the best self-defense choice for shooters sensitive to recoil.
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