FBI Data Shows You’re More Likely To Get Beaten To Death Than Killed With A Rifle

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New information released by the FBI revealed that Americans are much more likely to die from getting beaten, clubbed or stabbed to death than to be murdered using an AR-15 or any other rifle.

The FBI’s report for violent crime in 2014 revealed that only 248 people were killed from any form of rifle including rifles in the AR-15 platform.

In contrast, 3,827 people were killed from being stabbed or beaten to death. That means that you are 15.4 times more likely to die from a stabbing or beating than a rifle. Handguns accounted for the vast majority of firearms deaths. (RELATED: Connecticut Case Seeks To Overturn Firearm And Magazine Bans)

The numbers also indicated that murder with all guns has been on a steady decline, and was at a new recent low in 2014, with 8,103 total firearm murders committed. That is a decline of 351 murders since 2013, and a decline of 1,096 from 2010.

Photo credit FBI screenshot

Photo credit: FBI

Violent crime in general is also on a steady decline, with roughly 75,000 fewer annual cases since 2010. (RELATED: BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo)

Photo credit FBI screenshot

Photo credit: FBI

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