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Gun Control "Assault Weapons Ban" Essay

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Argument Essay on "Assault Weapons" Ban Congress had approved an "assault weapons" ban bill. Which will expire on September 2004 if the president does not sign it. Us pro gun groups will not let this bill even hit the president's desk for him to sign it. This ban is wrong. Despite the claim by former presidents "that this is a matter of vital importance to the public safety." There is little reason to believe that banning these weapons will have any affect on violent crime. Suppose a lobby group wants congress to ban "death cars." They are a little unclear about what exactly "death cars" are, but the vehicles seem to share certain characteristics including red paint and ...view middle of the document...

Their ammunition is of extreme caliber is less formidable then the cartridges fired by many hunting rifles. The second amendment mandates that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, to assure a well-regulated militia composed of the citizenry a check and balance on federal power that is necessary to the security of a free state. Gun ban supporters claim that the Second Amendment protects the right of the National Guard to keep and bear arms though as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution clearly state only individuals can possess rights; governments and their agencies possess powers. I guess these gun ban supporters don't know how to read. Gun ban supporters claims "assault weapons" are military firearms and that civilians should be limited to sporting firearms a claim with several flaws. First, rifles used today by the Armed Forces are fully automatic (machineguns) "assault weapons" are semi-automatic. Second, the difference between military and sporting firearms is a fake. Throughout American history most firearms, firearms designs, ammunition calibers and firearm features used by the Armed Forces were first used by civilian gun owners, including automatic and semi-automatic firearms and many of the ammunition calibers and features common to them. Many firearms used by the Armed Forces are today widely used by civilians for target practice, hunting collectors, and most of all self-protection. Probably the best possible gun for defense of a home is the civilian version of the military M-16. Of course, this is the last weapon gun control activist's want in the ownership of the average citizen. One of the biggest questions on this ban is. Do "assault weapons" create a threat to Law Enforcement? Gun ban supports claim "assault weapons" are a clear threat to Law Enforcement. They argue that 41 of the 211 Law Enforcement officers that were killed in the line of duty between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2001 by "assault weapons." They also say that assault weapons are a continuing threat to law enforcement and by banning them all together there would be less police officers killed. But my point is during the last decade 80% of the firearms in involved in crime were illegal firearms. 73% of persons identified in the criminal killing of police officers had prior criminal arrests, 56% had prior convictions, 23% were on probation or parole at the time of the killing and 5% had prior murder arrests. These are the percentages that can mean the difference between life and death for Law Enforcement officers. But these percentages are ignored by anti gun groups and many in the media who focus on the meaningless differences between rifles with and without high magazines, bayonet lugs, flash suppressors and folding stocks which does not make a difference. Another big question ever since the columbine school shootings happened is. Are "assault weapons" the leading cause of death in school...

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