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The current call for an “assault weapons” ban from the usual cast of characters in Congress and in the media, begs the question of what they believe an assault weapon is and what preventive effect a ban would have. This purposely uninformed group disingenuously tries to convince us that a fully automatic military style rifle with “scary looking” accessories is the same as the semi-automatic civilian version of the rifle we use for self defense, hunting and plinking. They purposely leave out the fact that fully automatic weapons have been prohibited to the general public since 1934.
Sadly, instead of focusing on ways to identify the troubled individual who controlled the firearm and caused the havoc in the first place, this congressional/media group reached into its “fool the public into thinking we are doing something meaningful” bag of tricks to resurrect the usual smoke screen that calls for yet another failed attempt to ban assault weapons. With well over 300 million legally owned firearms currently in the possession of law abiding citizens, this congressional/media group is well aware that any ban or limitation of firearms will not have the effect they say they seek other than disarming law-abiding Americans.
ANTHONY J. ARJIL