Posted 4 years ago on Jan. 11, 2013, 10:09 p.m. EST by Shayneh
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It's apparent that the emotions of the people of this country have focused on "Assault Weapons" (AR-15 or similar weapon in design)and the need to restrict or ban them altogether, because that was weapon used to kill children in Sandyhook.
But let me ask - how many times has a "Assault Weapon" (AR-15 or similar weapon) been used to kill someone compared to other meathods of killing?
Why is there such a demand for banning or restricting these weapons when in fact a vast majority of murders are comitted using other weapons of choice.
Assault weapons are not the weapons of choice among drug dealers, gang members or criminals in general.
Assault weapons are used in about one-fifth of one percent of all violent crimes and about one percent in gun crimes.
It is estimated that from one to seven percent of all homicides are committed with assault weapons
So, it appears based on factual statistics that the problem is not with "Assault Weapons" the problem lies with the criminal mind and violent people wanting to kill other people
If assault weapons are so rarely used in crime, why all the hoopla when certain military-style-semi-automatic weapons were banned by the Crime Control Act of 1994?
A Washington Post editorial (September 15, 1994) summed it up best:
No one should have any illusions about what was accomplished (by the ban). Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime.
Apparently it's not about "solving the violence in this country" but all about more government control.