As calls for increased gun control grow louder throughout America, Congress is slowly edging towards, perhaps, doing something. It probably won’t happen; however, a symbolic move was made Monday when two representatives introduced gun control legislation that would ban assault weapons.
Though the bill will probably fail in Congress, Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) unveiled the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. Also joining in the effort were over 150 other representatives who called for an end to the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children.
In a press release, Cicilline remarked:
‘Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities. I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.’
Deutch also remarked in the press release:
‘Americans don’t own tanks or missiles; so why should our streets be flooded with weapons of war made for the sole purpose of killing people? The Stoneman Douglas community is still reeling from this awful tragedy. But they want and deserve action from Congress. Banning assault weapons isn’t a Democratic idea, nor is it new; President Reagan supported the initial ban, which expired in 2004. Most Americans support the assault weapons ban. Now it’s time for Congress to listen and pass sensible legislation to get these weapons of war off our streets.’
The press release described what would fall under the legislation.
‘Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
Semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.’
The bill specifically listed AK type weapons, all AR type weapons, and many others. However, it would grandfather in owners of semi-automatic weapons if they possessed a weapon before the legislation was enacted.
The legislation is absolutely doomed to fail. Though many other options have been offered up by the White House and others, the NRA would never allow such a bill to pass. However, it won’t fail for a lack of trying.
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