Defense Apparently Assault Weapons Don’t Wreak All That Slaughter Recoil Staff September 15, 2014 Join the Conversation Here's something most of us knew already – we just didn't expect the New York Times to say it. Sure, it's essentially a repost of an article from Pro Publica, but still…the Times? “It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.” The article touches on what it describes as the demographic that suffers the most murders annually (black males), the truth of public disinterest in a handgun ban and the declining gun-related homicide rate. There's even a hint at some things that might actually be worthy of time, attention and effort to resolve (vs. the energy wasted on ‘assault weapon bans' and unrealistic gun control efforts. “This is not just a gun issue, this is an unemployment issue, it’s a poverty issue, it’s a family issue, it’s a culture of violence issue.” Cities United It's nice to see something like this, though it probably won't make much of a difference to the incorrigible, die-hard anti-gunners. You watch, someone will use this to switch from ghost guns to a would-be ban on assault massacre revolvers. The op-ed quoted here was written by Lois Beckett. You can find it on the New York Times website here or the on Pro Publica's site here. Explore RECOILweb:Best Semi-Auto Shotguns [2022 Buyer's Guide]Happenin' Now: Paul E Palooza 3Trump Lowers - Would You?Weekly Deals From Around the Firearms Industry NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.