Since the assault weapon ban was was lifted in 2004, the number of deaths in the U.S., and that's all deaths, not just murders and crime related deaths, in four years is...163. The number of Americans killed by by lightning strikes in the same four year period...360. Airplane crashes...480. Car accidents...164,236. Average traffic related deaths per day? 134 per day. But, according to President-Elect Obama, semi-automatic rifles are the scurge of the country and must be banned. Good judgement or blind ideology? Let's recap, an American is more than twice as likely to, not just be struck by lightning, but to be killed by a lightning strike than to be killed by an "assault rifle". And 5 less Americans (158) are killed in traffic accidents on election day (one day) than were killed in four years by "assault rifles". Any comments? .