“Assault” Rifles

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[See, also, the Banning Weapons of Mass Murder section on  this page .]

“[President Joe] Biden falsely claimed there was a considerable decline in mass shootings after the U.S. Congress passed the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that put a 10-year ban on the manufacturing of [assault] weapons.


[Not one.  Not ONE single member of the mainstream, left wing media — including Fox News — was willing to expose his lie.  ASND, however will.]

Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health:
No Evidence ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans Reduce Mass Shootings


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There was no drop in the number of attacks with “assault weapons” during the 1994 to 2004 ban.  There was an increase after the ban sunset, but the change is not statistically significant.


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When we honestly [i.e. objectively and evidentially] assess the characteristics of so-called ‘assault weapons,’ the reality of gun-related violence in the United States, and the limited role those weapons play in that violence, we find that they do not pose a serious threat to public safety.  In short, the public perception of these semi-automatic rifles is not consistent with reality.  As an objective measure, semi-automatic rifles are simply not used in the vast majority of gun deaths.  Moreover, in the small percentage of cases where they are used, it is often unlikely that their use — as opposed to the use of other firearms — made any meaningful difference.  Finally, while these types of firearms are rarely used to commit crimes, they are used countless numbers of times every year by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, including self-defense.


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Left-Wing NYT Columnist On Bill Clinton’s ‘Assault Weapons‘ Ban: ‘No Strong Evidence That It Saved Lives


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Private ownership of machine guns made after 1986 is already banned by federal law.  All pre-1986 automatic weapons must be registered with the ATF and require extensive background checks before private citizens may own them.


[The terms “assault weapons” and “assault rifles” are commonly and intentionally misused by anti-self-defense liberals to include semi-automatic rifles.  That repeated and intentional misuse of the terms is therefore correctly classified as lying.  The terms do have  actual definitions  (as do the terms “automatic” and “semi-automatic”, available on that same hyperlinked page) but liberals will never submit to factual descriptions when they refute their false agendas.]

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Legally-owned fully-automatic weapons have been used in only three crimes since 1934



The AR-15:

[T]he ‘AR’ standing for ‘assault rifle‘ is just a common [liberal lie], but one that is touted so often that it is now impossible to think of AR-15 without thinking of the erroneous moniker…  That has put the firearm and the entire class of modern sporting rifles in the crosshairs of gun-hating [Democrat] politicians and opponents of the Second Amendment including President Joe Biden, who has called for a ban on assault rifles… The ‘AR’ actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle.



There is no better example of thoughtless ‘thinking’ than the expression ‘assault weapon



Liberal Cries to ‘Ban the AR-15‘ Based on Ignorance and Hysteria




[ASND thanks Wintery Knight for that meme.]


The Gun Control Campaign Against The AR-15 Is Full Of Lies



Gun-control activists frequently argue that military weapons are not appropriate for consumer use.  But then they define consumer products such as the AR-15 to be a “military”  [or “assault] weapon.  It is not.  And the U.S. government says so.




[As ASND so often says (because so many Babylon Bees are featured here), good satire is made good when it exposes painful truths using humor.]


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Changes Definition Of ‘Assault Rifle’ After the Parkland Shooting



Pregnant Florida woman uses AR-15 to fend off burglars attacking her family


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Homeowner with AR-15 Repels Four Armed Intrusion Suspects, Killing Two


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NRA Member Stopped 2017 Church Massacre with AR-15



[BTW, the 2021 Boulder, CO mass shooter used a pistol version of the AR-15, known as the AR-556, so it was no surprise that the mainstream, left wing media immediately began telling lies about that gun as well.]

AR-556 Is Not an Assault Rifle (And Other Media Lies)



Anti-gun protesters say ban ‘assault weapons‘… whatever they are



[A]ccording to 2016 FBI statistics, rifles accounted for [only] 368 of the 17,250 homicides in the U.S. that year.  That means restrictions on the purchase of rifles would do little or nothing for the homicide rate.



Murders committed with rifles fell by 23.8 percent in 2018.



There are over five times more muders in the U.S. involving knives than rifles.
Hand guns rather than [so-called]assault rifles‘ are responsible for more than 80% of mass shootings.
The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world but ranks 28th in gun murders (per capita).
Between 1993 and 2003 gun ownership increased by 56% while gun violence decreased by nearly 50%.
Nearly all mass public shootings have occurred in gun-free zones.
Over 85% of U.S. police chiefs and sheriffs support concealed carry and are overwhelmingly against further gun control laws.
Those who have concealed carry permits, on average, commit fewer crimes than police officers.
There is a clear correlation between higher firearm ownership and reducing police killings.



Why do civilians need ‘assault weapons“?



The ‘Assault Weapon‘ Myth
“… there have been an average of 100 victims killed each year in mass shootings over the past three decades.  That’s less than 1 percent of gun homicide victims…  More than 20 years of research funded by the Justice Department has found that programs to target high-risk people or places, rather than targeting certain kinds of guns, can reduce gun violence… only a small number of men drive most of the violence.  Identify them and change their behavior, and it’s possible to have an immediate impact.”



E-Mails Suggest Operation Fast and Furious Would Be Used to Bolster ‘Assault Weapons‘ Ban, Greater Reporting



The ‘Assault Weapons‘ Ban: How Silly Was It?



1999: CBS Admitted ‘Assault Weapons‘ Ban Didn’t Stop Columbine



High Capacity Magazines:

Do ‘assault rifles‘ and high capacity magazines represent a public safety problem?  Do they increase the number of people killed each year?



Here’s why [a] seven shot gun magazine limit is already outdated



Why Does Anybody Need a 30-Round Magazine?



There’s nothing ‘unusually dangerous‘ about factory-standard magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, which are regularly employed by police departments around the nation.  Moreover, there are likely hundreds of millions of these magazines in circulation already — meaning, they are incredibly common for lawful uses.  Even in mass public shootings, the majority of shooters already bring more than one firearm, and the average time frame between the start of the shooting and an armed response is such that a shooter having to spend several seconds reloading is effectively meaningless…  Recall, too, that the majority of gun deaths every year are attributable to suicides, where magazine capacity is irrelevant.  Perhaps most important is the reality that, as with law enforcement officers, American civilians do sometimes face threats where they are outnumbered and outgunned, and where having to reload after 10 rounds truly puts them at a handicap against criminals.



The most frequently used ‘assault weapons‘ in the U.S. are not only legal, you pay many of the people who use them (via taxes) to commit their murders.



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