You’ve probably heard it a million times, whether from politicians, TV personalities, activists, and maybe even your mom at Thanksgiving dinner: America needs more gun control.
Okay. But by that logic, America should probably ban arms and legs first. Say what?
This week, the FBI released its annual list of crime statistics, and the data might surprise you.
First, the murder rate in America continues to fall, including those committed by firearms, which is good news.
Secondly, and more relevant to your Thanksgiving dinner conversation: murders committed by rifles, including “assault rifles” (the oft-used ominous term for semi-automatic rifles), was one third of the murders committed by “hands and feet”.
Let’s repeat that: in 2014, 660 people were murdered by people’s hands and feet, compared to 248 murders by all rifles.
This is clearly a national crisis. People are literally beating each other to death at rates far exceeding those of “murder by rifle,” and nobody is doing anything to address it.
That is, until now. We at Thought.buzz demand a Congressional inquiry into “violence by foot,” and we will not rest until America’s lethal feet are properly relegated to the history books. Chuck Norris will, of course, need to testify.
All kidding aside, the FBI’s data confirms what we’ve long suspected: gun control activists thrive by promoting hysteria, but their hysteria has absolutely no foundation in reality. Nor, it seems, would gun control keep us any safer than we currently are.