Statistic – You Are More Likely to Be Struck By Lightning Than Killed by a Rifle

January 17 2013
by Dan Cannon
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According the FBI’s 2010 homicide data, there were 358 people killed by rifles of any kind in 2010. Note that this includes people shot by any sort of rifle, homicides by police, and self defense homicides. (Source: FBI Crime Stats)

According the National Weather Service, approximately 400 people, on average (based on annual averages 2001-2010) are struck by lightning each year. (Source: National Weather Service).

I’m not a statistician or anything, but hopefully this puts things into perspective.

Once more, just in case you didn’t get it. More people are struck by lightning in the US each year than are killed by rifles (of any kind, for any reason).

Rifles, of several types, would be the guns most affected by a new “assault weapons” ban.

Dan Cannon

Dan Cannon

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Dan has combined his education and professional background in technology with his passion for shooting and personal rights to create one of the most read Second Amendment news websites online. His articles are also syndicated in The Daily Caller's "Guns and Gear" Section.

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