California Senator Diane Feinstein is leading Democratic efforts to reinstate some form of an assault weapons ban in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. She has already vowed to introduce new gun control legislation on day one of the new Congress in 2013. But considering Feinstein seems to understand the importance of an individual protecting themselves and their property, her push for more gun control seems out of place. Just a few years ago, Feinstein talked about threats and assaults made against her, her family, her property and why she decided to carry a concealed weapon.
Now, although carrying a concealed weapon is different than owning a semi-automatic rifle, the concept is the same. Semi-automatic rifles are obtained by individuals to protect their homes and their families. In fact, according the the Congressional Research Service, semi-automatic guns are used in less than two percent of gun crimes.
Despite their overwhelming popularity, assault weapons like the rifle used by the Sandy Hook Elementary killer are very rarely used in crimes, according to a comprehensive Congressional Research Service report on guns and gun control legislation.
Citing a survey of 203,300 state and federal prisoners who were armed during the crime for which they were incarcerated, "fewer than 1 in 50, or less than 2 percent, used, carried, or possessed a semiautomatic assault weapon," said the report.
The weapons, however, are at the center of President Obama's bid to put in place new gun control rules following the Connecticut killings last week. His effort, backed by gun-control Democrats, is expected to lead to a new proposal to ban the weapons and also crack down on gun sales throughout the nation.
Capitol Police also carry "assault" weapons to protect the very building Feinstein works in.