Assault Weapons

According to The Associated Press, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has promised to bring back the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004 and a ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines (which are actually full capacity).  This is apparently supposed to make us safer since these types of things don’t happen when we take guns out of the hands of our citizens.

The Assault Weapons Ban lasted from September 13, 1994 to September 13, 2004.  Here is a list of some mass shootings that happened during that time:

  • August 2003 in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates.

  • October 2002, a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead.

  • March 5, 2001: Charles “Andy” Williams, 15, killed two fellow students and wounded 13 others at Santana High School in Santee, Calif.

  • Nov. 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, fatally shoots seven people at Xerox Corp. in Honolulu. He is convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

  • September 1999, a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide.

  • July 29, 1999: Former day trader Mark Barton, 44, killed nine people in shootings at two Atlanta brokerage offices, then killed himself.

  • April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school’s library.

  • May 21, 1998: Two teenagers were killed and more than 20 people hurt when Kip Kinkel, 17, opened fire at a high school in Springfield, Ore., after killing his parents.

  • March 24, 1998: Andrew Golden, 11, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, killed four girls and a teacher at a Jonesboro, Ark., middle school. Ten others were wounded in the shooting.

That is a list of 9 high profile mass shootings during a period that “high-capacity” magazines were banned as were so-called assault weapons.
We have had mass shootings in the United States before gun control.  We have had them after AND during the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban.  Instituting more stringent controls on guns and magazines does nothing to prevent these violent crimes.  It only serves to take away our freedoms and present the perpetrators with an unarmed public ill equipped to defend themselves.