FBI: Nearly Four Times as Many People Stabbed to Death than Killed with Rifles in 2017

Assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime statistics for 2017 show nearly four times as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles of every kind.

According to the Uniformed Crime Report, 1,591 people were killed with “knives or cutting instruments” while 403 were killed with “rifles.”

And the category of “rifles” covers bolt action, pump action, single shot, semi-automatic, and those the left describes as “assault weapons.” This means, only a percentage of the 403 deaths attributed to “rifles” would have been carried out with an “assault weapon.”

Additionally, the FBI report makes clear over 50 percent more people were killed with fists and feet than were killed with rifles of every kind.

The 2017 crime stats on stabbings and rifle deaths are very close to the numbers reported for 2016.

On October 16, 2017, Breitbart News reported the FBI’s stats showing 1,601 people were stabbed to death in 2016 while 347 were killed with rifles. That means over four times as many people were stabbed to death in 2016 than were shot and killed with rifles of every kind.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.



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