2016 number of homicides (with any type of weapon, to include knives, hammers and axes) in the state of Alabama: 407
2016 number of homicides within the city of Birmingham and the county of Jefferson, Alabama: 151
2016 number of homicides within the city of Mobile, Alabama: 43
2016 number of homicides within Tuscaloosa, Alabama: 20
Yeah, More than half of the state's murders....came from one single county, and two urbanized cities.
2016 homicides in Utah? A total of 90 for the entire state. Of that, nine involved people shot by cops.
One of the 90 Utah homicides, actually was a woman who ran off a road....killed by a tree impact....with a vehicle repossession guy attempting to retake her vehicle.
So, when you see some journalist or intellectual try to talk about guns, and banning of guns....then you need to ask more questions...dig deeper into the whole story.
Have murders in Alabama really increased? You can go back to 1960, and find that 406 people murdered. In 1964, we actually got down to 316 for the state. Over the past seven years in Alabama? We actually averaged around 300 per year.
So, you get to the point of trying to write some script or law to remove automatic weapons. If you go down the list....from the 4,000-odd people on the Alabama homicide list....you might have saved five or six. If you'd banned knives? It'd be way over one-hundred....maybe going to two-hundred. Seems like you go for knives first, if you were logical about this.