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CRS: Under 2 percent of gun crimes involve assault weapons
The Examiner ^ | December 20, 2012

Posted on 12/21/2012 1:40:08 AM PST by RC one

Despite their overwhelming popularity, assault weapons like the rifle used by the Sandy Hook Elementary killer are very rarely used in crimes, according to a comprehensive Congressional Research Service report on guns and gun control legislation.

Citing a survey of 203,300 state and federal prisoners who were armed during the crime for which they were incarcerated, "fewer than 1 in 50, or less than 2 percent, used, carried, or possessed a semiautomatic assault weapon," said the report.

The weapons, however, are at the center of President Obama's bid to put in place new gun control rules following the Connecticut killings last week. His effort, backed by gun-control Democrats, is expected to lead to a new proposal to ban the weapons and also crack down on gun sales throughout the nation.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
Let's break it down. There were 8,583 gun murders in 2011. Of those, 323 were a rifle of any kind. That means a rifle of ANY kind was used in only 3.7% of all gun murders. Of those, an unknown but obviously smaller percentage were honest to God "assault rifles". let's say half of them were actually assault rifles. 161.5 out of 8,583 is 1.8%.

To put this in perspective, out of the total 12,664 reported murders in 2011, 2,912 were a result of a cutting/stabbing implement, a blunt trauma implement, or from hands and feet. 23% of all murders didn't even involve a gun and you were 18 times more likely to be stabbed, bludgeoned, or beaten to death than shot with an assault rifle.

The FBI does not make public data regarding the number of people killed by illegal aliens every year but we can be sure it's more than 161.5. Just sayin'.

1 posted on 12/21/2012 1:40:18 AM PST by RC one
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To: RC one

Bump


2 posted on 12/21/2012 1:58:00 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: RC one

That’s, about, the same percentage that, actually, PRACTICES gay marriage.


3 posted on 12/21/2012 2:28:50 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

I suspect it’s much less than 1.8%. Assault rifles aren’t nearly as common as all other types of rifles. They’re estimated to be approx. 1% of all the rifles in the country.


4 posted on 12/21/2012 2:36:10 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: RC one

Yeah! Those Amish robbers at the local Quickie Marts ALWAYs jam up in there with their Assault Weapons turned sideways (one-handed) yelling “Gimme yo effing money, sucka!”


5 posted on 12/21/2012 2:42:20 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: RC one

Thanks to Obama, Cuomo, Feinstein, Lieberman, et al, the sales of AR-type weapons are skyrocketing. I suspect all the manufacturers are gearing up for multiple shift production.


6 posted on 12/21/2012 2:44:54 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Hi Gaffer.

I wish you were right about manufacturers increasing production. A local FFl gun shop owner (when I saw his threadbare racks) told me that guns are still being shipped, but production is ending because of fear of certain ones being prohibited. If they are, the companies will have many in progress that they will have to eat, since they will not be able to sell them legally. I suppose that they can always issue them to illegals when they come across the border. W/sarc

Gwjack


7 posted on 12/21/2012 3:05:41 AM PST by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: gwjack

I ordered an AR15 on wednesday without issue. I might have to call the manufacturer and inquire into getting another one.


8 posted on 12/21/2012 3:11:51 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: RC one

I think there’s probably a lot more assault rifles out there than that. Even at 1% of all firearms, that’s only around 2 million assault rifles. I suspect there’s actually 10-20 million of them out there, perhaps more.


9 posted on 12/21/2012 3:15:41 AM PST by VOR78
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To: RC one
I've asked before and still not seen an answer;
Has anyone, police or media, actually confirmed where the AR15 was at the time of the Sandy Hook shootings?

I've seen suggestions only; that it was used in the shootings and/or that it was in the trunk of his car...

Seems to me that the two 9mm would have been used and the .223 left behind.

10 posted on 12/21/2012 3:16:11 AM PST by norton
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To: gwjack
I guess we'll have to see. Business-wise, it wouldn't make sense to halt production, say in the case of Bushmaster because it would be tantamount to just closing. AR platforms are the major portion of their business.

As for Colt, and their AR platforms, they make and sell quite a lot for the military and LE. It is still possible to buy their LE versions in semi-auto, I think. The point is that any weapon they can't sell to civilians could be stocked over for LEO or military sales with a change or two.

I can't say anything for the importers of the WASRs, etc. They could be cut off in a hurry, but would later adapt with cut of bayo lugs, more American parts, funky stocks or the like = just like last time.

In the end, they'll try a magazine size limit and a guillotining of a symbolic “Assault Rifle” My guess it'll be the one that was used in the school shootings, and they will shout the victory to the heavens and proclaim that school massacres are vanquished.

11 posted on 12/21/2012 3:30:40 AM PST by Gaffer
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RC one —

Congrats! I hope you get it soon (Before Christmas). If you call manufacturer directly, please let us know if my info was correct. I have a client that would like to have a couple to shoot the wild pigs that are on his land. I’ve offered him my two ARs in the past, but of course I lost them, and all my firearms, in a boating accident last month.

I wouldn’t mind picking up a few for me to give to Christmas gifts for special clients.

Gwjack


12 posted on 12/21/2012 3:36:35 AM PST by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: norton

I’m pretty sure there were two ARs involved, one he used, one left in the trunk.

There is a crying need for a real news organization to assemble “known knowns” on this story since the early reporting was so inaccurate. Unfortunately we are pretty short on real news organizations in this country.

It is a sad thing.


13 posted on 12/21/2012 3:43:28 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: gwjack
People with semi-auto rifles, any weapons in fact, are a serious threat to Odumbo’s plan to take over this country PERMANENTLY. We are an armed people, an army with lots of weaponry to defend ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic. Now you tell me WHY they want our guns When the people have guns, they cannot be controlled without one hellof a fight. Civil war is coming people. Be prepared.
14 posted on 12/21/2012 3:46:07 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: VOR78

But you have to remember also rifles sold between 1994 and 2004 are not assault weapons so you can’t count them. :)


15 posted on 12/21/2012 3:53:08 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: VOR78
I was going to post this but didn't because it's long on speculation and short on actual confirmable data. The author suggests that there are 2,446,294 to maybe 3,750,000 assault rifles in the country. The AR15 is incredible popular and for good reason. It's a great rifle. I don't think anybody really knows how many are out there and that probably bothers the hell out of our government-free men having access to the tools of revolution and all.
16 posted on 12/21/2012 4:26:06 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: FreedomPoster

reputable news organizations are still perpetuating the falsehood that Lanza was wearing body armor. He wasn’t. they’re still claiming that Holmes was wearing body armor in Aurora too. He wasn’t either. They have an agenda. the deception is intentional. It disgusts me that I know the names of these two piles of feces.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 4:29:12 AM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: Gaffer

School shootings are far from over. There will be another one. No I’m not planning it, nor have any direct knowledge of such a plot. What I do have is an appreciation for the situation. There are firearms in America, lots of them - roughly 300 million. There is nothing that will change that short of the second coming. There is evil and insanity in America. Again, nothing you, me, or any other mortal does will change that. No school system can afford to completely secure their facilities. Besides, such a fortified bunker would be detrimental to the mission of education. Given these three inescapable facts there will be more shootings. What really {expletives} me off is that almost no one is talking about doing anything even remotely effective towards stopping that or reducing the risk. Instead there is an all too familiar effort afoot to subvert the very principles this country was founded upon. All to advance their unamerican political agenda. The cold hard truth is, if you can’t prevent these kinds of events, then the best you can do is end them quickly. That means firearms in our schools, in the hands of trusted and trained individuals. No more gun free zones - they aren’t. Stop denying people three means to protect themselves.


18 posted on 12/21/2012 4:43:28 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: RC one

Unless I hit you the rifle itself, it’s the bullet that commits the assault. I guess that’s too much logic for the liberal mind though.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 5:07:20 AM PST by voicereason (The RNC is the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: RC one

20 posted on 12/21/2012 6:00:24 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: RC one

If one nut case can do this, imagine how much worse a coordinated attach by Al Qaida would be. Having one armed police office at each school might stop a Lanza. Two or more trained terrorists, armed with automatic weapons would be much harder to repel.


21 posted on 12/21/2012 6:52:28 AM PST by Dilbert56
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To: norton; FreedomPoster
Has anyone, police or media, actually confirmed where the AR15 was at the time of the Sandy Hook shootings?

Yes. Lanza used it in the school. He had a semi-auto shotgun locked in his car.

22 posted on 12/21/2012 7:00:01 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Progov
We are an armed people, an army with lots of weaponry to defend ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic.

But we (for the most part) lack the organization it takes to launch an effective counterassault when they send in the thugs to sieze our weapons. If they shut down cell service, the internet and Twitter, most of us won't know what's happening in time to fight back with a reasonable chance of victory. Call out the militia, Paul Revere!

The plan should be to take out the local RAT leadership if communications go down but the power is still on. The problem is that they need to know that it will happen to them; that's the only thing that will cause them to object to the regime's power grab. They value their own worthless hides.

< /rant >

23 posted on 12/21/2012 7:02:59 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: gwjack

Well, today I visited one gun shop and emailed another that always quickly responds because I’m one of their premium customers.

The one in my town (Jasper Bargain Barn)is completely sold out of anything .223/5.56/.308 and AR or AK related.

I enquired to AO by email...they are out of everything like that too. Even the very expensive FN SCARs (you’re talking about $2000-$3500, here)....

So, you may be right. We’ll have to see if they can restock at all in the next 30-60 days.


24 posted on 12/21/2012 10:14:43 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Thank you for the research survey, and reply. I’ve found the same in both major cities in Oklahoma, and county seats between the cities. I canvassed 11 shops on my short trip. I was looking online last night at all the usual gun sites and everything was reflected as sold out. My client this morning told me he sold his AR-10 (.308) for a thousand more than what he paid two months ago. someone really wanted it bad, I guess.

Ammo is starting to get scarce around here. Mags are depleted.

Again, thank you for checking!

Gwjack

P.S. Now I can relate to the barren grocery shelves in Russia I used to see on TV.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 12:46:57 PM PST by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: RC one
CRS report

Gun Control Legislation William J. Krouse Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy November 14, 2012(PDF)

From soup to nuts including Fast and Furious

26 posted on 12/24/2012 8:21:31 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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