Originally Posted by Aries Walker
You're pretty close. The FBI
shows 12,664 homicides in 2011, 8,583 of which were by firearms. Of those, 6,220 were by handguns, 323 by rifles
, 356 by shotguns, and 1,684 by firearms of an indeterminate type.
A little quick math tells us that 3.76% of firearm deaths, and 2.55% of all homicides, were known to have been committed by rifles.
(The number, of course, must be more, because some of those 'indeterminate type's are bound to have been rifles also, but these are just the known rifle homicides.)
(Also note that, for whatever reason, the FBI doesn't include information from Alabama or Florida.)
The more you know!
Too bad they don't break the numbers down even further. We don't know how many of those 323 rifle homicides in 2011 were from an AR-15 or other "assault rifles," or how many are from other semi-autos rifles, bolt action rifles, or what caliber.
I was looking at some of the other charts on the FBI website. I found a chart that had info from 2007-2011, showing that firearm homicides have gone down significantly in every category, including rifles. In fact, it clearly shows that rifles are used in fewer murders than either shotguns or handguns.
And for what its worth, violent crimes have gone down as well over the same time period.
There are more guns than ever in this country, and gun murders are decreasing. The Dems are trying to capitalize on all the negative press (almost exclusively from left wing outfits) in order to achieve their dream of a total gun ban. They'll start out with just "assault rifles." After that, its semi auto handguns, then all other handguns, then all other rifles, etc. They'll chip away until they've banned every firearm.