The old “trigger pulls the finger” myth strikes again.
Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
The Colt AR-15 Sporter was introduced in 1963 and went on sale in 1964. The Kalashnikov-pattern rifles, like the AK-47, first became available in the U.S. in 1976.
Stoner-pattern rifles, including the AR-10, the AR-15, and their many copies, are the best-selling type of rifle in the United States.
Not too long ago, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry’s trade group, estimated that American owned an estimated 16 million Stoner- and Kalashnikov-pattern rifles.
How many have been used by mass shooters in the past 54 years? 36. This includes rifles that were fired and rifles that the shooter brought but did not use.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system (UCR), the average annual usage of rifles in homicides has been almost 21% lower in the years since the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 than it was during the ten years the ban was in effect.
During one of the largest gun-buying sprees in modern U.S. history, the average homicide rate from 2008 to 2017 was the lowest of any of the previous ten-year spans going back to the 1950s. In fact, the FBI reported the 2014 U.S. homicide rate was the lowest since 1957.
It would seem that the “trigger pulls the finger” claim doesn’t hold much water at tall except among the dark fantasies of those who for some reason continue to believe it.
It appears that, in addition to their aversion to facts, gun control fans have a much larger gun fetish than most gun owners.
Incidentally, the murder problem is Haiti is bad, but nobody seems to know how bad because homicides are seriously under-reported. Reports from the U.S. Department of State and the governments of Canada, Sweden and Switzerland describe the situation as “worrisome” to “dangerous” and note that guns and knives are frequently employed. All of them also say that gangs are a major source of violent crime.
I think there was a lot going on before that Smith & Wesson .38 ever came on the scene.