President Joe Biden, along with many other anti-gun Democrats, have incessantly called for bans on so-called “assault weapons” like the exceedingly popular AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles, as those purported “weapons of war” are perceived as posing an exceptional danger to the general public.
However, according to Biden’s own FBI, more than twice as many people were murdered in 2021 with knives and other sharp instruments than with rifles of any sort, Breitbart reported.
Furthermore, the FBI data also revealed that fewer people were shot and killed with any type of rifle than were beaten to death with fists and feet, which calls into question the validity of the Democratic narrative on the supposed incredible danger posed by semi-automatic AR-15-style rifles.
Shootings vs. cuttings and stabbings
According to the FBI’s annual Universal Crime Report, which compiles crime data from law enforcement agencies across the country, at least 447 murders occurred in 2021 with a rifle.
Bear in mind that the “rifle” category for murder weapons is not limited to just so-called “assault weapons” like the AR-15, but encompasses rifles of all sorts, including bolt-action, breech-action, lever-action, pump-action, and non-AR-style semi-automatic rifles.
Meanwhile, 2021 saw at least 1,035 murders committed with “knives or cutting instruments,” more than twice as many, and at least 461 murders committed with “personal weapons (hands/fists/feet/etc.).”
Current data matches trend of prior years
Nor is this a one-off occurrence, as Breitbart noted that murders with “knives and cutting instruments” consistently outnumber murders with rifles of any kind in the FBI’s annual report, and while the stabbing and cutting deaths do tend to fluctuate and appear to have declined year to year, the number of shooting deaths with rifles has slightly increased or remained static.
In 2020, there was a roughly 3.5 times difference, as there were 454 murders that occurred with rifles compared to 1,732 with knives or other sharp instruments.
That difference was about four times in 2019 — 375 with rifles compared to 1,525 with knives or other blades — and was about five times in 2018, with 297 rifle murders versus 1,515 murders with knives and cutting instruments.
Biden intent on banning semi-automatic rifles
Yet, despite this great disparity, President Biden has repeatedly expressed his fervent goal of outlawing the purchase and possession of so-called “assault weapons” while saying virtually nothing about the horrific murders that occur by way of slashings and stabbings.
One such example came on Aug. 30 during a speech in Pennsylvania to promote his “Safer America Plan” to reduce crime, when he touted some modest achievements in terms of new gun control and declared, “But we’re not stopping here. I’m determined to ban assault weapons in this country. Determined. I did it once before, and I’ll do it again.”
Given the relatively low usage of such weapons in violent crime, not to mention the remarkable popularity of the targeted rifles and staunch opposition of those who support Second Amendment-protected gun rights, it seems unlikely that Biden will ever find the success he seeks in imposing another failed “assault weapons ban” on the nation.