Take a poll on what kind of guns Americans think should be banned, and you’ll notice it’s not the most dangerous guns that people want gone. Nope – it’s the guns that look the most “scary.”
More often then not it’s “semi-automatic” (which the layman often believes to mean automatic) “assault weapons” (which are only cosmetically different from regular firearms) involved in mass public shootings (which are the shootings we hear the most about), so it’s no surprise people think they’re responsible for most gun violence. As usual, there’s a massive gap between the public’s perception and reality in this case.
In fact, when it comes to your odds of being killed, you’re more likely to be stabbed than killed by a rifle or a shotgun. As the Daily Caller reported: The FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report found that nearly three times more Americans were killed by knives or other “cutting instruments”