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The Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Then and It Won’t Work Now

MarineGunner Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 7:40 PM
One small fact: Assault weapons are by definition machine-guns (i.e., they fire one round after another with one pull of the trigger). No semi-automatic rifle or pistol can be an assault weapon. "Semi-automatic assault weapon" is an oxymoron. Machine guns are already registered and closely controlled by the Federal Government (BATF) and I don't believe that one has ever been used in a public shooting. The use of this term is for political purposes; it is intended to create a psychological and emotional bias against any rifle that looks like an assault weapon. However, just as a Dodge Charger is not a NASCAR race car just because it has racing stripes, a rifle is not an assault weapon just because it is black.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004. It was awesome. It panned out wonderfully aside from the following:

  • November 7, 1994: Wickliffe, Ohio: (Wickliffe Middle School shooting) Keith Ledeger, 37, a former student at the school, shot and killed custodian Pete Christopher and wounded four other adults.
  • January 12, 1995: Seattle, Washington: A...