Coming Next: Blunt Instrument Ban?
Any around the house honey-do’s that require driving nails should be attended to promptly, because after our nanny state overlords have confiscated firearms, their next target may be hammers. It would make more sense than banning “assault weapons,” in light of Big Government’s own numbers:
According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. …
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. …in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.
After they have banned both rifles and blunt objects, next will come chopping off our hands, which clearly pose a threat to public safety:
According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles.
It would make sense to start by cutting off our hands, because then we would be unable to cause mayhem with either blunt objects or rifles. But that would be too efficient to make sense to the government.
Fortunately our liberal overlords are not compelled by their own logic to ban hands or hammers, because our safety is not their concern. If it were, they would want as many of us armed as possible. For example, even CBS confirms that as gun sales in California shoot through the stratosphere due to fear of our rogue government, gun casualties have been dropping correspondingly:
Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That’s an increase of 36 percent. …
Yet despite the rise in gun sales in California, there has not been a corresponding rise in gun deaths or gun injuries. Hospitalizations for gun injuries have actually dropped nearly 28 percent and gun deaths by 15 percent.
Only a liberal would find this surprising.
Odds are good that murder by hammer or fist is also going down, as the law-abiding become better able to defend themselves.
On tips from Bob Roberts, Ghost of FA Hayek, hiram, and G. Fox. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.