first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion How many of the firearms in these categories are semi-automatic rifles, if any, isn’t clear.Based on the complete statistics that Mr. Kingsley chose to cherry pick, one thing is crystal clear: 9,616 murders, or 71 percent of the murders committed in this country in 2015, were committed by people with guns, and that percentage has been slowly but steadily increasing, up from 67 percent in 2011.These are the statistics that are used by someone trying to prove that we don’t have a gun problem and “more gun laws are not a solution we need.”Really?George FerroSchenectady  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? After reading Don Kingsley’s March 19 letter, “More gun laws are not a solution we need,” I feel compelled to respond to his total misrepresentation of facts.Mr. Kingsley uses the FBI-published statistics on murder in the United States to make his point that guns, specifically semi-automatic weapons, are not a problem.The only statistic he gives regarding firearms is that 252 murders were committed by rifles. Here are the complete statistics as listed on the FBI site: Total murders committed in 2015 — 13,455. Of those murders, 9,616 (more than 71 percent) were committed by firearms.The breakdown of firearms used is as follows: handguns, 6,447; rifles, 252; shotguns, 269; other guns, 171; firearms type not stated, 2,477.  Mr. Kingsley assumes that “rifles” used are semi-automatic, but makes no mention of the “other guns” used and “firearms type not stated,” or more than 27 percent of firearm murders.In fact, he makes no mention of any murders committed by firearms other than rifles.last_img