As the nation continues to reel from the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are revisiting gun control legislation.
Yet, more people are killed annually with hammers and clubs in the United States than are killed with rifles of any kind, according to recent Federal Bureau of Investigations statistics.
While 467 people were killed with “blunt objects,” like hammers and clubs in 2017, 403 were killed with rifles, the recent FBI crime statistics show.
The FBI includes single shot, semi-automatic, pump action, bolt action and those firearms which are categorized by Democratic lawmakers as “assault weapons” in its “rifles” category. Therefore, only a percentage of the 403 deaths attributed to rifles were carried out by “assault weapons.”
“Knives or cutting instruments” were used to kill 1,591 people, the 2017 crime figures show, while 403 were killed with rifles. Hence, people are four times more likely to be stabbed to death than get shot with any kind of rifle.
According to the FBI report, more people were killed annually with “personal weapons” like “hands, fist, feet,” than rifles and shot guns combined.
Top Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back to a special session to vote on pending legislation that expands gun control.
McConnell indicated Thursday an “assault weapons” ban and other gun control efforts will be “front and center” when the Senate reconvenes in September.
“What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” the Republican lawmaker told WHAS radio in Kentucky. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”
“We had that ban for about a 10-year period. There’s a good deal of dispute about whether it actually had an impact or not. It’s certainly one of the front and center issues,” he continued. “I think … probably background checks and red flags will probably lead the discussion. But a lot of other things will come up as well.”
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