A Majority of Americans Oppose An Assault Weapons Ban


Following a string of recent mass shootings, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is looking to renew the assault weapons ban that was originally signed by former President Bill Clinton but expired more than a decade ago.The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which Cicilline will introduce Wednesday afternoon, would ensure that no such guns are manufactured while placing new restrictions on the sale of already existing assault weapons.
The bill has about 90 Democratic co-sponsors, including House Minority WHIP Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.).
It has no hope of passing through Congress, however, given opposition from Republicans.

WaPo/ABC News Poll: A Majority of Americans Oppose An Assault Weapons Ban - Matt Vespa

Never mind that most shooting seem to be in gun free zones where the shooter has time to reload and fire. Never mind that auto firing guns are illegal and the term assault weapon is just an effort of trying to ban most guns in the end.


ANY gun that is used to commit a murder (or an attempted murder) is an “assault weapon”, whether it LOOKS “military” or not. A zip gun so used is an “assault weapon.”


Any gun they can demonize, whether it’s ever been used in a crime or not.


Maybe a good number of Americans have figured out that “assault weapons” was a term coined up by politicians to control debate by building their desired conclusion into the terms used. Maybe a good number of Americans have learned that assault rifles, by definition, are rifles that can fire in full automatic, and have been all but entirely illegal for civilian purchase over 80 years. Maybe a good number of Americans have realized that the majority of murders by gun are committed using handguns, not long guns (of any kind).

And maybe, just maybe - as you suggest - many Americans have figured out that disarming law-abiding Americans - whether through “gun-free zone” kill zones or by making gun purchases by law-abiding citizens onerous and more expensive - sets up law-abiding Americans to be easy crime victims.