LOL the comments. I find it hard to believe that the ATF itself is that worked up about this. Politicians who don’t care to know any better, sure I can see that… but the ATF? Surely there are bigger issues facing the F part of their job than people making AR-15 lowers off the books? If not, I’d really like to see the stats on how many thousand murders happen every year with home machined AR-15 lowers. The 2010 FBI crime statistic data for murders with weapons shows that rifles really aren’t used all that much in murders. I look the liberty of totaling the columns from the FBI’s neatly provided Excel file and here’s what we have for the 2010 year:
- Total Murders With Handguns – 6,009
- Total Murders With Rifles – 358
- Total Murders With Shotguns – 373
- Total Murders With Firearms (type unknown) – 2,035
Total Murders With Firearms – 8,775
- Total Murders With Knives or Cutting Instruments – 1,704
- Total Murders With Other weapons – 1,772
- Total Murders With Hands, Fists, Feet, Etc.. – 745
Total Murders With Weapons other than firearms – 4,221
Grand Total of Murders With Weapons – 12,996
Since we’re talking about rifles here, note that the FBI murder count for the year of 2010 is 358 people. I’m not really sure why there are 2035 murders where the firearm is “unknown” (poor bookkeeping? poor state agency reporting?) but even if for kicks we say half them are rifles, that still makes rifles statistically less dangerous than knives. Who knows though, since those stats are from 2010, maybe rifles have become the choice of murderers everywhere? I doubt it, but maybe the ATF knows something we don’t.
I think it would be really interesting if we could get the numbers on how many of these murders were justifiable homicide. This is EXTREMELY important. Additionally, I’d like to know if suicide is included… because if it is I don’t think those numbers should count for obvious reasons. Lastly, I’d like to know what percentage of the guns were owned legally, and how many were owned and used by already known criminals.
Whenever I see stats like this I can’t help but think to myself “…and people think firearms are the problem?”. Look at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Leading Causes Of Death data and tell me there aren’t bigger issues plaguing the country which should be focused on.
Gat tip: Dale