The recent letter on gun control contained a misnomer. Civilian semi-automatic military lookalike rifles are not by definition true assault rifles.
According to the FBI crime statistics for 2012, there were 355 homicides by rifle, which includes all types (pump, bolt, lever-action and semi-auto). That same year there were 1,589 homicides with knives, 1,196 by blunt objects and hands and feet.
One is five times as likely to be stabbed and three times as like to be beaten to death than shot by a rifle of any kind.
Perhaps the root cause of these mass shootings should be analyzed rather than going after the instrument.
The media and uninformed civilians demonize a certain type of weapon. and ignoring the Constitution by banning them is not going to solve the problem.
MARK JOHNSON, Kennewick