As many as one-third of all the people killed by guns in the United States in 2015 were killed by an assault rifle, according to a study by the American Academy of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego.
It is a statistic that could come as a surprise to many, but for gun control advocates, the results of that study are a major reason for the push for gun legislation.
The study, which has been disputed by gun control groups, found that between 2007 and 2013, between 25,000 and 31,000 people were killed in gun violence.
In the same period, the total number of gun deaths in the U.S. was roughly 5.5 million, and there were nearly 1.7 million murders of people aged 65 and older.
A number of factors could explain why more people are killed by firearms than by cars, according with an article published on the site of the American Journal of PublicHealth.
First, many of the shootings involve older people who live alone, which makes it difficult to shoot multiple victims in a single incident.
Second, most mass shootings happen in rural areas where people often have few resources to protect themselves.
Third, the vast majority of gun violence happens inside homes, where guns are far easier to conceal.
Fourth, the U,S.
population has grown dramatically over the past 50 years.
Since then, gun violence has declined dramatically in the country.
In fact, in 2016, the number of firearm homicides declined to 1,099 from 2,726 in 2015.
But even though gun violence in the US has fallen, the percentage of people killed each year by a firearm has remained steady.
If you think about it, it is probably better to have a gun in the home than in a car, said Andrew Cherlin, director of research for the Violence Policy Center.
“If you were going to shoot your wife, would you do it in your own home?”
Cherlin told NBC News.
“If you’re going to kill your kids, would it be in their school?
Or would it happen in the grocery store?”
The problem with mass shootings is that they occur in communities where there is no organized system to deal with firearms, he said.
“The people that are responsible for gun violence are not the ones that are in control of the situation.”
In fact, Cherlin said, people who commit mass shootings are typically those who do not have guns.
“People that have guns don’t do them in public, but they are not responsible for them,” he said, adding that “gun-free zones” are also very difficult to police.
“They are places where people don’t have a way to call 911,” Cherlin explained.
“We have a lot of guns, but we’re not enforcing gun laws,” he continued.
“We have lots of laws that are designed to make us safer, but the problem is that we don’t enforce them.
It’s just that we can’t enforce the laws.”
The gun control lobby is pushing to change that.
It’s already pushing to pass legislation that would create “gun free zones” in schools, hospitals and other places where gun owners are not allowed to have firearms.
The gun lobby, which also includes a number of major gun manufacturers, has pushed for gun restrictions and restrictions on private ownership for years.
Gun rights advocates, however, have pushed back, saying it would be better for everyone to have guns and would stop mass shootings.
But there’s an emerging movement in the gun control world that is pushing for an outright ban on the sale of guns.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a conservative group that drafts and drafts state and federal laws, is pushing the idea of a “gun registry,” a plan that would require gun owners to register their guns in order to purchase a gun.
The registry, which would be implemented by the federal government, would have the effect of forcing gun owners into a government database that would have all the information about guns.
Under the plan, guns would be subject to background checks and gun owners would be required to pass a gun safety exam.
A gun registry would create a centralized database of guns in which gun owners could be tracked and the federal registry would have no way to access gun data.
And it would create an even more difficult process for gun owners who are in violation of the federal gun safety regulations.
There is no evidence that a gun registry will prevent mass shootings, said Adam Winkler, a gun control activist who was a senior policy adviser to the Obama administration.
He told NBC that while there is some concern about the idea, he would not be able to convince me that a registry is a good idea.