As the gun debate rages on in the U.S. people on either side often gather evidence which tends to support their arguments. People who are for stricter gun laws or are just anti gun completely, cite statistics showing that there is less gun violence in gun free zones and cities. Pro gun advocates cite evidence to the contrary. However, what cannot be argued is the fact that guns are not the greatest violent threat to human life in the U.S.
As reported in Breitbart, “According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. There were 1,604 people killed with “knives or cutting instruments.” Therefore nearly four times as many people are killed with knives than with rifles.
Not only is the rifle, not the deadliest weapon of choice in the U.S., it isn’t even as deadly as deaths via hands, fists, feet etc. “While approximately 374 people were shot and killed with rifles, roughly 656 people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” So the question is, why is there an anti gun narrative?
It can’t be denied that much of the basis for stricter gun laws in the U.S. is the potential for human deaths. It is far greater with guns than with other weapons or means. That is what was said following the alleged Vegas Shooting and the alleged 58 deaths in that alleged shooting. Yet the statistics don’t bear that out. The statistics confirm that not only knives but even fists are deadlier than the gun (the rifle, being the gun most anti gun lobbyists and advocates want banned). So if knives and fists are both deadlier than the gun, and the calls for banning assault rifles are so numerous, one must be forgiven for assuming that the calls for knives and fists to be banned must be even higher.
However, we all know that that’s not the case. The calls to ban guns, don’t come from a place of genuine concern about human life, but it is about a Government’s need to take away from a populace any means of defending itself, not against criminals necessarily, but against Government itself.