Stats: 2010 Handguns 6,009 Knives or cutting instruments 1,704 Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 745 Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 540 Rifles 358 Shotguns 373 Other guns 96 So there is often a perception of the assault rifle (civilian version, obviously) as a super scary deadly weapon that is responsible for many murders. But the reality, is that assault rifles, comparatively, are rarely used in murder. Also, take note of the category rifle, which includes all rifles, not just assault rifles. So the # of assault rifles used in murder is probably much less, but is definitely less. More people are murdered by fists and blunt objects than rifles, including assault rifles. So, why does the assault rifle receive such negative attention and rally cries for banishment? Ignorance and portrayal in movies. It's that simple.