The 1994 assault weapons ban was never intended to be a comprehensive fix for “gun violence” writ large. Its purpose was to reduce the frequency and lethality of mass shootings. And on that front, the data shows it had a significant impact.
Washington Post: The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked
The 1994 assault weapons ban was never intended to be a comprehensive fix for “gun violence” writ large. Its purpose, according to gun violence experts and the lawmakers who wrote the bill, was to reduce the frequency and lethality of mass shootings like the ones in Parkland, Sandy Hook and elsewhere. And on that front, the data shows it had a significant impact. CONTINUE READING
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Senators Introduce Assault Weapons Ban
This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets. The first Assault Weapons Ban was just starting to show an effect when the NRA stymied its reauthorization in 2004. Yes, it will be a long process to reduce the massive supply of these assault weapons in our country, but we’ve got to start somewhere.
To those who say now isn’t the time, they’re right—we should have extended the original ban 13 years ago, before hundreds more Americans were murdered with these weapons of war. To my colleagues in Congress, I say do your job. CONTINUE READING
Vox: I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.
If the fundamental problem is that America has far too many guns, then policies need to cut the number of guns in circulation right now to seriously reduce the number of gun deaths. Background checks and other restrictions on who can buy a gun can’t achieve that in the short term. What America likely needs, then, is something more like Australia’s mandatory buyback program — essentially, a gun confiscation scheme — paired with a serious ban on specific firearms (including, potentially, all semiautomatic weapons). CONTINUE READING
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