Poll: Should Assault Weapons be Banned?

Rep. Adam Schiff is one of few democrats who has spoken out on guns after the Colorado tragedy. Do you think the federal Assault Weapons Ban should be reinstated?

Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement Tuesday that an Assault Weapons Ban should be reinstated in light of the Colorado shooting where suspect James Holmes allegedly shot 71 people within 90 seconds using an assault rifle.

Schiff is one of few Democrats who has spoken out on guns after the tragedy. 

The federal Assault Weapons Ban, which prohibited the manufacturing of certain semi-automatic firearms for civilian use, expired in 2004. 

Should we bring it back? 

Here's what Schiff has to say: 

“I was deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Our priority must be aiding and comforting the victims and their families. I also believe we should take this moment to examine our laws and determine how we can prevent horrendous acts like this one in the future. We will never be able to stop all senseless acts of violence – there will always be those, who, for reasons unfathomable to us all, decide to take the lives of innocent people around them. But there are some common sense steps we can take to make these types of shootings more rare and less destructive.


"First, my colleague Senator Feinstein led the charge almost twenty years ago to pass the Assault Weapons Ban, but it has since been allowed to expire. It is past time to put that law, which would have outlawed the type of gun used by the shooter, back in place. Second, we should pass the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sponsored by Congresswoman McCarthy, which would prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines that can hold more than ten rounds at a time. The ability to fire 30 or even 100 shots without reloading increases the destructive capacity of shooters while serving no legitimate purpose. Third, we must also examine legislation to close the gun show loopholes and crack down on straw purchasing, both of which help divert guns out of legal channels and into black markets where they are easily obtained by criminals and the mentally ill.


“I realize, of course, these steps will not stop all mass killings, or even all mass shootings. As the Governor of Colorado pointed out, if this killer didn't have access to the weapons and ammunition he used, he might have built a bomb instead. But it is also true that we do not need to make such killing easy, and I do not believe that anything in the Second Amendment, or any desire to hunt or for self-protection requires ready access to assault weapons with extended ammunition clips."

Take our poll, and let us know your thoughts in comments below. 

Jeremiah Small August 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Prohibitions have never worked. 18th amendment, DRM, abortion, the War on Drugs. When the population wants something, you can't prohibit it's use by making it illegal. You only succeed in making otherwise lawful people into criminals. If you have trouble relating to gun rights, try to look at it from the perspective of normal people who own guns and find it really important to do so. Where does this passion come from? It's easy to make fun of and/or be disgusted by the testosterone addled fetish-boys who flex and pose with their toys on Facebook, but these are not the people who make up the vast majority of the almost 50% of households with guns.
Jeremiah Small August 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Also, it's hard to look at emotional issues in terms of statistics, but gun crime is not an actual statistical threat. By the raw numbers you are 3X more likely to be killed in a car crash.
Steve Mitchell February 06, 2013 at 08:04 PM
From Marshall K. Robinson, the forensic scientist who worked on the Sandy Hook case: In your infinite wisdom, you outlawed bayonet lugs, flash hiders, and collapsible stocks,” he testified. “In over forty years of being a firearm and tool mark examiner, I have never seen these components inflict any injury whatsoever on any person. http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/04/forensic-scientist-at-newtown-hearing-slams-assault-weapons-ban/
Patricia February 06, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Elliot S! Maggin February 07, 2013 at 12:04 AM
You don't need a citation to say that gun violence in this country is epidemic. It's manifest. I cite what I do because it's that easy to find. I could find a dozen more if it were worth my time, but it's not even worth yours. I like guns. They're great toys. But if you can't regulate the behavior you're left with no recourse but to regulate access to its tools. These rationales for a continued Turkish bazaar of firearms are the worst kind of grasping at straws.


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