A ‘news report’ that originated in Australia this past weekend is referring to the AR-15 as “the gun that is killing America”:
It’s designed as a military killing machine and instead it’s doing its job slaughtering the innocent in shopping malls, schools and cinemas across America.
The gun that’s killing America is a lightweight, easy to handle assault rifle that has become a lethal weapon in the hands of losers, misfits and people with a grudge.
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From the Sandy Hook school massacre, to the Dark Knight Cinema slayings and now the Los Angeles Airport shootings last weekend, the AR-15 is the firearm of choice for people who want to wreak maximum havoc.
Well now, according to FBI statistics in 2012, all types of rifles accounted for a very small fraction of murders by firearm. The handgun was the weapon of choice for criminals and the deranged.
Indeed, in a somewhat better laid-out table for the years 2007-2011, FBI data shows that all rifles (not shotguns) used in murders accounted for less than 4% of the total. You know what came in at a higher rate as cause of death? Hands, feet, etc.
When you consider that there are over 3.7 million AR-15’s in the hands of civilians, it could hardly be considered the “gun that is killing America.” In point of fact: No gun is “killing America.” Firearms have no feelings, motives, or method of self-volition to go out on their own and accost someone. It takes a sick, depraved, or otherwise mentally defective human to decide to kill someone. And, as the FBI statistics point out, they’ve done that more often with fists than all the rifles in America put together.
I might add that the “military killing machine,” as the author puts it, is an automatic. The AR-15 is an ordinary semi-automatic.
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