Obama Wants to Ban Assault Weapons, Other Controls...

Obama wants to ban assault weapons. "The Assault Weapons Ban signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds." Why does he want to ban assault weapons? Well, according to attorney general Holder, "Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

"'I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.' Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S."

Yes, you read correctly. Obama wants to ignore our Second Amendment rights so that Mexico can cut down on crime. What about District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) you ask? Well, apparently Obama doesn't think much of that Supreme Court Ruling. What is that ruling you ask? Well, in District of Columbia v. Heller the "Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individuals right to possess a firearm for private use. It was the first Supreme Court case in United States history to directly address whether the right to keep and bear arms is a right of individuals or a collective right that applies only to state-regulated militias." -wikipedia

Will the ban do anything for violent crimes here in the US? Well according to wikipedia: "An unpublished 2004 study commissioned by the Unite States Department of Justice found that assault weapons were used in 2 to 8 percent of gun crimes prior to the ban. Large capacity magazines were also covered by the ban, accounting for 14% to 26% of guns used in crime prior to the ban. Following implementation of the ban, the share of gun crimes involving AWs declined by 17% to 72% across the localities examined by this study. It was also noted that should it be renewed, the ban's effects on gun violence were likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement due to assault weapons rarely being used in gun crimes even before the ban."

Furthermore, empirically banning a desired product leads to black market sales of that product, and the rise in violent crime associated with it, case and point, prohibition. Although I agree with their illegal status, the same could be said of drugs and prostitution. Unsavory types see the opportunity to make money, and will sell and smuggle guns. Tell me, will Mexican criminals be more likely to buy guns from American black market criminals, or from reputable, legal guns salesmen?

Yep, say so-long to your assault rifles, soon they will be no more.

And yes, I know that is a picture of an M9 pistol, not an assault weapon, relax.

Source abcnews.com

An Updated Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Impacts on Gun Markets and Gun Violence, 1994-2003 National Institute of Justice


Eric Hunter said...

As long as it's good for Mexico, Obama could outlaw toilet paper and I would be fine with it. In fact, I have written my elected representatives demanding that an added tax is placed on all baseball cap purchases so that Mexican sombrero manufacturers can survive during these tough economic times.

If some thug is intent on killing somebody, he is not going to be worrying about whether the rifle he is purchasing is legal.

Banning assault rifles is racist anyway... Why should we discriminate against something based solely on the way it looks?

Eric Hunter said...

...Just remember -- when you ban toilet paper, only criminals will have and use toilet paper.

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