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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

CPA Bert Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 2:20 PM
Katie: Good column. Wanted to footnote you on the L.A. ("Rodney King") riots you referenced. The police weren't just absent from view, they had been consciously pulled out of the area for their own safety. It was later litigated and the court ruled that police do not have a legal obligation to protect citizens' from pending and actual violence. They are only required to take a police report and perform investigations where warranted. I believe this was the Gonzales case in 2005.

By now, we’ve heard the argument about semi-automatic "assault" rifles: nobody needs one. We’ve heard the only reason why someone would obtain this kind of weapon is so they can kill people, which is far from the truth. We’ve also heard the argument from both the Left and the Right that a pistol is how someone protects their home.

"I really don’t know why people need assault weapons. I’m not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt," Republican Rep. Peter King said on Morning Joe earlier this week. "I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods...