Fascinating statistics from the FBI for 2009 found that people were murdered by rifles less than by knives, cutting tools, blunt objects such as clubs and hammers, fists, hands and feet.
Knives and other cutting tools accounted for 1,825 deaths in 2009, against 448 for rifles; a difference of 1,477.
Blunt objects like clubs and hammers accounted for 611 deaths in 2009, against 448 for rifles; a difference of 263.
Deaths coming from fists, hands, and feet accounted for 801 deaths in 2009, against 448 for rifles; a difference of 453.
So now why should there even be a debate about regulating rifles? They aren't even a major factor in deaths by far, and we haven't even compared them against handguns, which resulted in 6,452 of the 9,146 firearm deaths in 2009.
There is no doubt from these statistics that gun control fanatics are using the appearance of a variety of rifles to scare people, when in fact they are seldom used in murders in comparison with most other methods of murder.
This isn't to say handguns should be regulated, because they shouldn't be. Just that the media and political obsession over rifles of various types has been built upon a lie as far as murders go. It's one of the least likely ways to be murdered in America.