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| I am not going to waste hours arguing here but an "assault rifle" is not any more dangerous than any other gun 99% of the time.
An AR15 is a much smaller bullet than any hunting rifle. The fact that it is not bolt action makes it quicker to shoot, but there are tons of hunting rifles that are semi auto and not an "assault rifle." A reload takes 5 seconds. In addition, one could easily just carry 5 hand guns and empty each of them.
The fact is, if you are winning to die to kill others, the weapon choice is not going to matter. How hard would it be to floor your car into a crowd a people? Pipe bomb in a mall? Walk into a small store full of people and chain the door shut and start a fire with gas and lighter? etc.
300,000,000 guns and 300,000,000 people in the US. As terrible as these shootings are, have you heard of 300 deaths in the last five years? That would be .0001%
150 people per year die from peanuts.
Guns are not the problem, people are.
According to data compiled by Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, guns killed an average of 4.92 victims per mass murder in the United States during the 20th century, just edging out knives, blunt objects, and bare hands, which killed 4.52 people per incident. Fire killed 6.82 people per mass murder, while explosives far outpaced the other options at 20.82. Of the 25 deadliest mass murders in the 20th century, only 52 percent involved guns.
Hundreds of other mass murderers have perpetrated their crimes without firearms. Frenchman Pierre Riviere killed his mother, sister, and brother with a bill hook in 1835. In 1932, Julian Marcelino, a Filipino immigrant of relatively small stature, managed to kill six and wound 15 on a Seattle street using only a pair of blades.
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