Hammers Deadlier Than Rifles? FBI Releases Crime Stats For 2011

Is a hammer really deadlier than a rifle? According to new crime statistics from the FBI, more people were killed in 2011 by hammers and other blunt objects than rifles.

This is pretty interesting statistic considering the current political climate in the United States.

Several conservative blogs, like Breitbart.com, have already jumped on the new stats to argue against a rifle ban.

Breitbart writes: “A rifle ban is as illogical as it is unconstitutional. We face far greater danger from individuals armed with carpenters’ tools and a caveman’s stick.”

The blog uses several factual pieces of evidence to back up this conclusion. In 2011, 496 people were murdered with a hammer or a blunt object compare to just 323 murders that were committed with a rifle. Blunt objects also beat out the number of murders committed with a shotgun (356).

Personal weapons (hands, feet) and knives were also considered more dangerous than rifles and shotguns.

Of course, when you look at all firearms combined the numbers are little different. More than 6,000 murders were committed this year with handguns and another 1500 were committed with a firearm that fits in the “other” category. In total, 8,583 of the 12,664 murder victims in the United States were killed by guns.

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