One of the interesting factoids is just how rare murders with rifles are. While opponents of gun rights like to show a picture of an Evil Black Rifle and quote the scary number, “30,000 gun deaths,” most of those are suicides. There are only about 12k-odd homicides a year, of which 8k-odd are done with all firearms. But almost all of them are done with handguns, and almost all of them with guns acquired outside of normal commerce, one way or the other. The skells blowing each other away in Chicago aren’t choirboys who bought their heaters at Wal-Mart. (Note that many “homicide” numbers, also, include maybe 1,000 justified homicides, mostly by police in furtherance of their duty, and sometimes by armed citizens).
But in those 8k gun homicides, the number of rifle killings is less than a rounding error. This story has been widely reported in the gun media… here’s the Breitbart version:
[I]n looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.
Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.
And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.
For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.
It is obviously just a matter of time before the politicians now saving us from rifles, like the angry Mr Schumer pictured here, move on to protect us from the significantly deadlier hammer menace. True, people who can show good cause for owning a hammer, like professional carpenters and homeowning thumb hunters may be able to get a license for a properly registered standard claw hammer. Certainly no one needs a 16-lb sledge assault hammer or an easily concealable Saturday-night-special tack hammer. So we can expect these to be banned. For the children!
Accordingly, since there’s absolute bugger-all to be bought in our local FFLs’ shops, we got out ahead of the next big ban and went to Lowe’s, where we bought a selection of the biggest, ugliest, and most “tactical” hammers we could find. (Seriously, in Special Forces we never needed hammers like this, just a piton hammer for climbing and a couple of claw hammers in the team engineer kit). We are now sitting on a treasure trove of certain-to-appreciate-after-the-ban hammers, bars, and blunt instruments of all kinds, and for a hell of a lot less than that SCAR-17S we were eyeing on GunBroker.
We even bought a big end extra ugly crowbar, that will do as a hammer in a pinch (if you don’t mind a missed nail leading to the destruction of your wood structure). And we’re figuring out where to weld on the bayonet lug and flash hider. Because when hammers are outlawed, only us outlaws will have hammers.