While the debate over “assault rifles” continues in this country, the FBI crime data suggests rifles are not the problem. Murder victims from all rifles totaled 364 last year compared to 1,476 murdered with knives!
Blunt objects (bats, hammers, etc.) also beat out rifles with 397 murders. Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet) were responsible for 600 murders, nearly double that of rifles.
The information comes from the FBI UCB, responsible for collecting data for violent crimes and property crimes from law enforcement.
I think the “assault rifle” ( I know that term is irritating) debate in this country should be over.