Data shows knives, clubs, accidental falls claimed far more lives than firearms in 2018: Report

President Joe Biden and other high-profile Democrats have renewed their calls for wide-ranging gun bans in the wake of recent deadly mass shootings in places like Georgia and Colorado. But while those on the left insist that their plan to outlaw so-called “assault weapons” will save lives, the evidence suggests such a move may not have as big an impact as Dems have claimed.

As Breitbart writer Awr Hawkins noted in a Sunday report, the most recent figures published by the FBI show that in 2018, less than 300 people were killed using a rifle of any kind.

To put that into perspective, some 1,515 people were killed in 2018 using knives, while another 443 were murdered with blunt objects like hammers and clubs, Hawkins reported.

What’s more, according to Hawkins, “accidental death by falling occurred 126 times more often than intentional death by a rifle” in 2018.

The truth about AR-15s

While the data shows they are used to take relatively few lives, AR-style rifles offer advantages to a potential crime victim that other options for self-defense simply don’t.

Indeed, unlike most weapons, the efficacy of a firearm depends on the user’s skill — not on their size or strength, which means women and senior Americans can level the playing field against larger or stronger attackers.

The AR-15 is especially helpful in this regard, as its aluminum receiver and direct gas impingement system make for reduced weight and less recoil. What’s more, the gun’s detachable box magazine can make for higher bullet capacity and quicker reload time, which can be useful when confronting multiple attackers.

Armed victims deter criminals

According to local NBC affiliate KPRC, a Houston man demonstrated that fact in 2017 when he reportedly used an AR-15 to stop three men who were committing a drive-by shooting in his neighborhood. Two years prior, a local Fox affiliate shared security footage that reportedly showed a Milwaukee store owner defending his business from an armed gang using an assault-style rifle.

Of course, weapons don’t necessarily even need to be used for them to be effective. Sometimes, just the presence of a gun can deter an attack.

Removing that deterrence would embolden predators. A survey of convicts funded by the Department of Justice in the mid-1980s found that 81% of respondents agreed: “A smart criminal always tries to find out if his potential victim is armed.”

Meanwhile, another 74% of participants felt that “[o]ne reason burglars avoid houses when people are home is they fear being shot.”

Why don’t Democrats ever bring up numbers like these?

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  1. Still trying to prove the point, rather than demanding they hang for treason?

    Controlled opposition. Try running in another argumentative circle rather than demanding they respect your inalienable god granted liberties…

    John Patrick Henry is bout to jump straight off the page. STOP NOW. Come to your senses man.

    When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

  2. Providing facts to people who don’t care about them does nothing. They only care about their agenda.

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  5. I can’t tolerate the lying anti American communist Democrats. Will never vote for another democrat. They have went way to far cheating and lying. I’m forever done with them.

  6. Thanks for sharing this info. Chec out the CDC site as it has even more numbers like these. To back up the deterrent affect of armed citizens the CDC figures show that over 2,000,000 crimes are stopped by legally armed citizens every year. They also state that they are sure the number is much higher, 5,000,000 or more, becaue of the large number of crimes haulted by legally armed citizens that go unreported. That means somewhere between 5,479 to 13,699 crimes are haulted or prevented by legally armed citizens every day. Everyone should check out the CDC and tell your Congressmen and Senators about the millions of murders, rapes, beatings, burglaries and other crimes that are stopped daily by legally armed citizens!!

  7. Wouldn’t vote for a communist demorat if hell freezes over. They are full of hate and can’t stand the truth.

  8. Guns don’t kill people . People kill people. Right here is proof. I would like to see obama’s gard’s get rid of what they carry. Along with all the rest of the crap in DC.

  9. China is the ones that want to take away our 2nd amendment so it will be less resistance when they take over the USA, the left are handing over the country to them thanks for voting democrat. You will soon be chinas slaves.

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