All Democrats running for President want an assault rifle ban, even though the guns they want banned aren’t assault rifles. They claim that they are military style guns. That is utter nonsense. Ever see a war picture where soldiers are carrying AR-15s? If they did, they would be terribly outgunned. And just how many people are killed by these so called assault rifles? Or any rifles for that matter? 2017 is the latest year in which statistics are available. In 2017, 403 murders were committed with rifles. In the same year 1,591 were killed with knives. So why aren’t they asking for a total ban on knives?
According to the RAND Corporation, “evidence for the effect of assault weapon bans on mass shootings is inconclusive.” Similarly, “evidence for the effect of assault weapon bans on total homicides and firearmhomicides is inconclusive.”
A ban would be not only ineffective, but also misdirected.
The most recent available statistics from the FBI indicate that when it comes to murder, rifles are far from the most common weapon.
In 2017, rifles accounted for 403 murders in the United States.
By contrast, “knives or cutting instruments” accounted for 1,591.
And when’s the last time we heard about a ban on knives?
(In honesty, it was pretty recently, in Britain.)
In America, however, calls for knife bans are rare, and rightly so. But the reason for politicians’ silence on knives is more sinister.
As a pragmatic matter, legislation banning knives would be politically useless.
Proposing a ban on assault rifles is a much more effective strategy. Calling for a ban on scary-looking weapons is viscerally appealing and emotionally satisfying.
But if major studies and federally collected data are any indication, an assault weapons ban would do little good.