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I'm not really wrapped around the axle about naming. What it boils down to is that they were used in less than 2.5% of all firearm homicides in 2012. And I have one. It isn't my favorite rifle, but its a tool of my trade.
It seems like just yesterday that you guys were claiming that no murders were ever committed with assault weapons. That was going around the gun-nut blogs like wildfire until it was laughed out of existence. Now, we're up to 2.5%. Do you think that figure is rising? It should be given the sales records over the last couple years. What do you think?
"Do you think that figure is rising?" A good question Mike. Welcome back by the way. Homicides with any kind of rifle seems to be declining, much like firearm homicides overall have. 1997 6382000 3962005 4422012 322http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats/ The FBI doesn't differentiate between types of rifles, so the number is almost certainly lower.
So how many dead people equals 2.5 %?
We've all been well aware that the overall number of murders is going down. But, the PERCENTAGE that is committed with assault weapons might still be going up, right? It would stand to reason since the sales of these guns has gone through the roof in recent years.
So your trade is killing? That's what any gun is made , to do.