Re: 14 stabbed at college in Texas. Will the victims familes be flown to Washington to support banning knives??
posted at 4/10/2013 8:44 AM EDT
In response to tvoter's comment:
Ban on assault weapons
THE POINT OF THE THREAD:
To illustrate that mass murder is done by people with mental illness!
To try and say "if, we take the right to have certain guns away or outlaw buying them from law abiding citizens then mentally ill people will no longer be a threat" is assinine!!
There are many ways to commit mass murder with being near a gun, assault rifle, or knife!
Address the problem not just the inanimate object used for political reasons!
The Federal Assault Weapons ban, a provision of anti-crime legislation President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994, outlawed military style semiautomatic weapons that fire one round per trigger pull and automatically eject the shell casing and reload the chamber.
In addition to these weapons, the ban also limited semiautomatic rifles, semiautomatic pistols and semiautomatic shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least two military style features.
Congress allowed the prohibition to expire in 2004.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in December that she wouldintroduce a bill to ban assault weapons.
Did it work?: Two studies point to too little evidence or too little time having passed to calculate the impact of the ban.
A provision in the 1994 law required the attorney general to deliver a report to Congress within 30 months of the ban evaluating its effects.
The summary of that report, conducted by the National Institute of Justice, said that "the public safety benefits of the 1994 ban have not been demonstrated."
The authors of the study suggested further tests of enforcement techniques, including "strategic crackdowns on 'hotspots' for gun crime and strategic crackdowns on perpetrators of gun violence. The authors suggested these techniques might be "more immediately effective, and certainly less controversial, than regulatory approaches alone."
A June 2004 University of Pennsylvania study found that the ban succeeded in reducing crimes involving assault weapons. But the benefits at the time were outweighed by increased use of non-semiautomatic weapons, which the study said were used more frequently in crime. The researchers could not credit the ban with a drop in overall gun violence over the same period.
The study did point out that since assault weapons were used no more than "8% of gun crimes, even before the ban," its impact was likely too small to reliably measure.