American Deaths by Knives Outnumber Those by Rifles and Shotguns Combined

Robert Wenzel at the Economic Policy Journal points us to some informative statistics done by the FBI about how people are murdered in the United States.

He writes:

“Despite news media impressions to the contrary, there are not many murders in the United States that are committed with rifles or shotguns. Combined, it is under 1,000 per year—more people are murdered with knives.”

If we were to swallow everything the national news said every time they reported on a shooting, we’d be under the impression that assault rifles and shotguns are the biggest threat to the livelihood of Americans today, and, seeing the government as our benevolent protector, we’d probably clamor for our overlords to strip the citizenry of such weapons. But another look at the numbers shows us that the situation is not what we might have expected it to be.

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Source: FBI (Click to view enlarged image.)

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