Assault rifles, semi-automatic rifles designed for use on the battlefield, have been in the news as of late. They were the type of weapons used by Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino and most recently in Orlando. An assault rifle was also used by non-Islamic terrorists in Aurora and Sandy Hook.
Assault rifles are generally easy to use, feature a high-capacity magazine, and can be quite lethal. With that said, the common belief that they are responsible for a large number of gun deaths nationwide is wrong.
According to the FBI, in 2013 (the most recent year reported) there was a total of 12,253 murders. Of that number, 8,454 involved a firearm. A majority of those murders were carried out with a handgun, 5,782 to be exact. That works out to be 68.39% of all firearm murders. When it comes to killing people, handguns are used more than any other firearm.
What I found quite remarkable with the FBI’s numbers is how few deaths are attributed to assault rifles. They don’t even get their own category. They’re grouped in with rifles. An assault rifle is a rifle, but not all rifles are assault rifles.
Even if you pretend that each and every rifle listed on the FBI crime report is a banana clipped, pistol griped assault rifle, they only account for 3.37% of all murders committed with a firearm.
If you really want to do something to curb gun-related murders, then you have to look at handguns, not assault rifles. Statistically and historically speaking, assault rifles are the safest of all guns in that they pose the smallest threat to public safety.
FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, announced yesterday that the 2022 World Cup will be a winter World Cup. The final will be played on December 18, a week before Christmas.
The World Cup in normally played over the course of 32 days in June and July, a month before European professional football clubs begin their seasons. A winter World Cup will mean these leagues have to either shut down in the middle of their seasons or allow their best players leave and play for their respective countries. The 2022 World Cup will also need to be shortened to 28 days.
What a mess.
The 2022 World Cup can’t be played in the summer because it will be held in Qatar, smack-dab in the middle east. Daytime temperatures can reach 115 degrees in the summer. Not only is it too hot in Qatar in June and July to play soccer, it’s too hot to even watch soccer.
Qatar is a terrible place to hold a World Cup, and not just because of the oppressive heat. Qatar is governed by Sharia law. Yes, Qatar is one of those countries. Women in Qatar are treated like property. For example, if a Muslim woman has sexual relations with a non-Muslim man, the punishment is death.
Most manual labor in Qatar is done by foreigners from poor countries. Foreign workers in Qatar are treated like slaves. Upon arriving to Qatar, their passports are collected by their employers and they cannot leave until their employer say they can leave.
Qatar, like most of its geographical neighbors, is a terrible, awful place, especially for westerners or other people whose feet stand firmly in the 21st century. The idea that it would be chosen to host a World Cup is ridiculous.