The Curious Focus on Assault Weapons in America

Assault weapons get a lot of attention when the United States debates gun policy. One might think that they’re responsible for a lot of death in the country.

We pulled together the data from the FBI to see how assault weapons compare to other forms of homicide in the US.


Something to consider: given how few people die each year from assault weapons (despite 4 million or so floating around the country), why is so much focus put on banning them? Is there a perfectly good reason to focus here, or should that effort go towards other violence prevention projects?

Do you feel strongly about the Assault Weapons Ban? What are your emotions tied to?

Has seeing this data changed your feelings? Let us know what you think!


Erik Fogg

We do politics, but we don't do the thinking for you.