Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-08-11 20:33:20 UTC
In the aftermath of the horrendous mass shooting tragedy at the high
school in Parkland, Florida, some Americans probably mostly Democrats
are hysterically demanding a federal ban on assault weapons, i.e., some
semi-automatic rifles that resemble fully automatic firearms used by U.S.
military forces. That action is foolish for several reasons detailed
Assault weapons have become popular with American gun owners. Several
million of them are now legally possessed by Americans who legally use
them for hunting, target shooting and personal defense. Properly licensed
hunters in Pennsylvania can legally use them to hunt small game but not
The original assault weapons ban was enacted in 1994 by Democrat
majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, over strenuous objection of
Republican minorities. It prohibited manufacture, transfer or possession
of semi-automatic assault weapons, which were identified by make/model
or a variety of cosmetic features. It also banned transfer and possession
of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, i.e., magazines capable of
holding more than 10 cartridges. Firearms and magazines that were lawfully
possessed by Americans on the date of enactment were exempt from the acts
provisions, i.e., grandfathered. President Bill Clinton signed the
legislation on Sept. 13, 1994, an action about which he subsequently
The reason for his regret was that the ban created a political firestorm.
In the national election two months later, Republicans regained 54 seats
in the House and eight seats in the Senate, giving them majority control
of both chambers. Among the ousted Democrats were Rep. Jack Brooks (D-
Texas), then chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who had served for 42
years; Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Illinois), then chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee, who had served for 36 years; and Rep. Tom Foley (D-
Washington), then Speaker of the House, who had served for 30 years.
The assault weapons ban expired in 2004 in accordance with a sunset
provision. The U.S. Justice Department funded an evaluation of the bans
impacts by Christopher S. Koper, an associate professor at George Mason
University. Kopers primary conclusion was that the ban did not appear to
affect gun crime during the time it was in effect (see
Many of the people now demanding a ban on assault weapons (especially
the students who are frequently featured in recent news media coverage)
probably are unaware of the previous ban, its ineffectiveness, and its
disastrous repercussions for congressional Democrats. They tend to focus
on relatively recent mass shootings that involved such weapons: When 12
were killed and 58 wounded in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July
20, 2012; in Newtown, Connecticut when 26 were killed in an elementary
school on Dec. 4, 2012 ; in San Bernadino, California, when 14 were killed
at a community center Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2015; when 49 were killed
in a Orlando night club on June 12, 2016; in Las Vegas, Nevada, when 58
were killed and hundreds wounded at an outdoor music festival on Oct. 1,
2017 ; in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when 26 were killed in a Baptist
church on Nov. 5, 2017.
Those demanding a ban seem oblivious to the fact that in this country
individuals can quickly kill or injure many people without assault
weapons. Have they forgotten April 16, 2007 when a South Korean alien
with permanent residency status used semi-auto .22 caliber and 9mm pistols
to kill 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech University in
Blacksburg, Virginia; or April 3, 2009 when a Vietnamese man used semi-
auto .40 caliber and 9mm pistols to kill 14 immigrants at a civic center
in Binghamton, New York; or Nov. 5, 2009 when a U.S. Army officer with a
semi-auto 5.7mm pistol killed 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood near Killeen,
Texas; or Jan. 8, 2011 when a mentally ill man with a semi-auto 9mm pistol
killed six and wounded 13 (including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords) at an
outdoor political rally near Tucson, Arizona?
Those demanding a ban on assault weapons or even more draconian
restrictions on private ownership and use of other semi-auto firearms also
must have forgotten the three killed and approximately 280 injured by two
naturalized American brothers from Kyrgyzstan who detonated two pressure
cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15,
2013; or the 11 injured when a radicalized alien from Somalia with
permanent residency status attacked other students with a car and knife at
Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016; or the eight killed and 11 injured
by an alien from Uzbekistan who drove a rented pickup truck at high speed
along a crowded bike path in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017. Its
reassuring that we hear no proposals about banning pressure cookers or
cars or knives or pickup trucks, presumably because those advocating an
assault weapons ban realize how absurd such proposals about killing
equipment would be.
Its obvious from these historical facts that another ban on assault
weapons as a strategy for preventing mass killings and other violent
crime is unjustifiable, as well as foolhardy for Democrats. I can only
hope they come to their senses, stop demanding an assault weapons ban,
and support legislative action on sensible measures now being discussed.
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