Dear “assault weapons” opponents, don’t you think you are attacking the wrong enemy? How many people were killed by Bushmaster AR15s in 2011. Heck, how many people were killed by any rifle defined as an “assault weapons“? Let’s say that every murder committed using a rifle was an “assault weapon“. That would be 323. Versus 728 who were beaten to death.
But that’s not what this is about. This is about an entirely different type of “murder”. A type of murder that isn’t even tracked by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). But the CDC does track it. We’re talking DUI involved deaths. In 2010 10,228 people were killed in which alcohol was a factor. In 2010 8,874 people were killed by all firearms (and 361 by any type of rifle). Grimly, 13, 164 people were murdered. Thirteen per cent fewer people were killed by firearms than by drunk drivers.
I’m ignoring all motor vehicle deaths (32,885) because fault really isn’t assigned, some may have truly been accidents that can’t be attributed to any driver (ever seen a car that hit a deer?). But if you read News of the Weird you’ll be familiar with the phrase “police believe that alcohol was involved”. For 10,228 people that was the case.
Over half of the children killed in DUI accidents were in the car with the drunk driver.
In the roughly 45 minutes it’s taken me to research this article, compose it and type it in, 1 person has died in an alcohol involved motor vehicle accident. It will be another 15 minutes or se before a person is shot to death. We’re not going to talk about “assault weapons” because I don’t feel like waiting until tomorrow. In the roughly 120 days since Sandy Hook, 2917 people have been murdered by handguns. And 3362 people were killed by drunk drivers.
Get real Mr. President. Get real Senator Feinstein. Step up, show some real guts and attack a real problem. Once you get DUI deaths below “assault weapons” deaths then we can talk about banning “assault weapons“. But until then, you’ve got the wrong target.