Guns, knives, and Hammers: According to crime statistics released by the FBI, 496 people were murdered with hammers or other blunt object in 2011, while just 323 murders carried out that year were via rifle. Knives and other cutting instruments contributed to 1,694 murders, and personal weapons (hands, feet, etc.) caused 726 deaths. From 2005-2009, blunt objects were used in more murders than shotguns. http://www.cnnewslink.com/?p=2199
I looked further and found this:
A very different picture!