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Assault Weapons: A Political Scapegoat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 26, 2012

Last week’s tragedy last in Newtown, Connecticut once again brought the so-called “assault weapons” to the forefront of the gun control battle.  Gun control advocates use the assault rifle as a Trojan Horse to spearhead their ultimate goal to ban all guns.

Assault rifles are hyped by gun-control advocates as having some sort of special deadly capabilities.  In fact, with the exception of large magazines, they are no more deadly than many handguns, shotguns or rifles.  In addition, assault rifles are heavy and hard to conceal and as a result are used in a small fraction of murders in the United States.

The Washington Examiner published a graph indicating the type of weapons used in murders in the United States for 2010.  As indicated, by a huge majority the greatest number of murders is carried out with handguns.  This is not by accident.  Assault rifles are hard to use and conceal, making them not the gun of choice for most people with bad intent.

It would be bad enough for the attack on assault rifles to be made merely a result to lack of knowledge.  However, the motive is substantially more dangerous, the Progressives’ desire to totally disarm American citizens.

Murder Chart


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