That’s really the thing; when you look at it from the perspective of the number of guns of whatever type, vs the number actually used for criminal purposes, it’s kind of staggering how few it actually is.
From what I have read, it’s in the 1.3 million or so “assault” rifles are sold EACH year. Even if all gun murders were done by newly sold assault rifles, that would represent just a hair over 1% of those rifles used in murders.
But that’s not the case; the vast majority of gun deaths are not from rifles of any type; of the 13927 gun murders in 2019, only 364 were from rifles, with about 6400 from handguns. So even if we limit the total pool to only newly sold guns, we’re still talking about a vanishingly small percentage that are actually used to kill anyone. But we’re really looking at the accumulated total of assault rifles sold over decades, making that percentage microscopic. If we take the 13 million rifles sold over the past decade, and divide 364 by that, we come up with 0.0028% used in a homicide. That’s tiny. I’m guessing lots of other things kill people at a higher rate than that which nobody is concerned with.
It’s just that when they are used, the killings are typically very prominent.
But that ultimately doesn’t trump people’s right to own them- it just seems absurdly restrictive to crack down on that type of weapon which is overwhelmingly used for normal purposes, just because one guy out of 325 million MIGHT do something illegal with it.