The president asked Congress to come up with a comprehensive plan to help stop gun violence. There have been a lot of people here asking why we need “assault” weapons. I think we need to look at the facts of murders in the United States.The numbers come from the FBI website for 2011. The 2012 numbers are not out yet.
According to the FBI, in 2011, there were 12,623 murders in the United States, 1,790 murders in California. A total of 6,220 were murdered by a handgun, 866 in California. A total of 323 were murdered by rifle, 45 in California. There were 356 murdered by shotgun, 50 in California. And there were 1,684 murdered by an unknown type of firearm, 259 in California.
There were 1,694 by knives or cutting instruments, 261 in California. Also, there were 1,659 other weapons (hammers, baseball bats, tire irons, etc.), 208 in California. And 728 murdered by hands, fist, feet – this category includes being pushed – and 101 in California.
Don’t trust me, look them up for yourself. As for the “assault” weapons. They look like military weapons, so they look scary. It is cosmetics. True assault weapons have a selector switch that allows you to go from safe to semi-auto to full auto, they are scary. The difference between an AR-15 and a .223 varmint rifle is cosmetics, but the AR gets the bad press. Learn about guns before you condemn them.
Instead of looking at rifles, we should be looking at all those violent video games that our kids play every day. The violent movies and actors like Jamie Foxx who star in them and say how great it is to kill people and directors like Quentin Tarantino who make them. We need to find ways to help the mentally ill person. We need to make our schools more secure, not fish bowls where a deranged person can do what he wants.
Edward A. Doolin