Magazine article The New American

FBI Report: Five Times More Murders with Knives Than Rifles

Magazine article The New American

FBI Report: Five Times More Murders with Knives Than Rifles

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The FBI report entitled "2018: Crime in the United States," released September 30, broke down murder by types of weapons used. Looking at the data, we see that the number of murders carried out last year with knives or cutting instruments was five times higher than the number of murders carried out with rifles.

According to the FBI, 1,515 people were killed by "knives and cutting instruments," while only 297 were killed by "rifles" in 2018.

These statistics show the illogic of the recent calls by "progressive" politicians to ban so-called assault-type rifles such as the AR-15.

While gun ownership is clearly protected by the Second Amendment, rifles have been the favorite target of those who would restrict the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Despite the high number of handguns used in murders, practically all of the calls for weapons bans have been against "assault rifles."

To understand why, it is important to look at the history behind the Second Amendment. …

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