The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

The civilian version of the Bushmaster uses essentially the same sorts of bullets as small game-hunting rifles, fires at the same rapidity (one bullet per pull of the trigger), and does the same damage. The civilian version of the AK-47 is similar, though it fires a much larger bullet—.30 inches in diameter, as opposed to the .223 inch rounds used by the Bushmaster. No self-respecting military in the world would use the civilian version of these guns.

A common question is: “Why do people need a semiautomatic Bushmaster to go out and kill deer?” The answer is simple: It is a hunting rifle. It has just been made to look like a military weapon.

But the point isn’t to help hunters. Semiautomatic weapons also protect people and save lives. Single-shot rifles that require you to physically reload the gun may not do people a lot of good when they are facing multiple criminals or when their first shot misses or fails to stop an attacker.

Since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004, murder and overall violent-crime rates have fallen. In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the U.S. murder rate was 5.7 per 100,000 people, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report. By 2011, the murder rate fell to 4.7 per 100,000 people. One should also bear in mind that just 2.6% of all murders are committed using any type of rifle.

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2 Responses to “The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime”

  1. MT Geoff on 18/18/13 at 10:34 am

    A semi-automatic rifle is entirely appropriate for hunting game. Many people use semi-automatic .22s for squirrel or rabbit because you want to have the second shot ready. Same idea applies to bigger game like deer. Granted, you shouldn’t need 30 rounds on the first deer you see, but it’s easy to go through 30 rounds before you actually get a deer, or so I’m told. I’m a target guy rather than a hunter.
    A 5.56 or .223 is a little light for deer. A 7.62/30 is entirely appropriate for deer.

  2. Doctor Bulldog on 18/18/13 at 11:25 am

    I’m the proud owner of an AR-15. I have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. Out of all of my rifles, the AR-15 with its low recoil is the best one to use when shooting all day long at the range as it doesn’t aggravate the pain in my shoulder as much as my other rifles do.

    I consider the AR-15 to be a medical device. :)

    If our fascist government wants to take it away from me, they’re gonna’ have a fight on their hands!

    Cheers!