According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.
I guess that includes assault weapons, whatever they are. Rifles, I think. Seems like any weapon used in, or intended for the purpose of, assault would be an assault weapon. Billy club, throwing knife, pepper spray, etc.
Quit controlling everything from diet to health care by force and threat of force, and let people defend themselves and their property legally, and the overall troubles may decrease. Keep looking to the same gangster creeps, who take and use your resources for their personal gain, for solutions to theft and violence and you will get nothing but more theft and violence.