The folks at Breitbart report that FBI crime statistics indicate that more Americans are killed with items at hand (hammer, or other blunt instrument) than with rifles.
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.
So, it makes little sense to blame guns when they show up at a lesser rate than in crimes than weapons found around the house. The Bureau of Justice Statistics provide this helpful chart which discusses violent crimes in 2009. A year in which only 22% of violent crimes were committed with a weapon;
So I wrote my Senator, Joe Manchin, who ran on his support for guns and I saw nothing reassuring in his letter to me about the fate of guns in our society. Statistics won’t change their minds – they want to appear as if they’re “doing something” not actually accomplish anything. No amount of evidence that contradicts their goal of disarming law-abiding Americans will have an effect on their intentions.
ADDED: So when is Congress going to address the problem of fully automatic scary-looking assault hammers?