While some of the argument for banning Assault Weapons has been focused on the cosmetic, there is one practical reason why these weapons should be banned for civilian use: their degree of lethality through combined range, rate of fire, and accuracy over range.
The effect of their accuracy over range and semi-automatic fire power enables more targets to be acquired at a distance offensively; but these attributes also keep the shooters enemies (potential victims and law enforcement) at bay while they acquire and execute more victims.
Essentially, these combined attributes, result in an effective “killing field” so wide that the ability for a potential victim (armed or unarmed) or law enforcement to stop the shooter decreases to a point where a mass killing in progress cannot be immediately and effectively stopped.
Consider “range” as the far side of a classroom, the length of a school corridor, or across a mall. Every second that a mass murderer is alive with a semi-automatic assault weapon means that another person is dead.
For our schools and our malls to be safe, the power of semi-automatic assault weapons must be put beyond the reach of the mass murderer. As has been seen over recent history, a mass murderer could be anyone. There is no way to proactively identify and isolate all potential mass murderers before they act.
Therefore, sale to civilians of semi-automatic assault weapons must be banned. All semi-automatic assault weapons in private possession today should be collected for destruction (under a voluntary program) or placed in a managed, secure, and federally authorized location, such as a shooting club range or National Guard depot.
Our hearts and minds are with those suffering in Boston today. But last night while the nation mourned, three Senators announced that they would not support the only viable background check bill. The Manchin-Toomey Background Check bill is our country’s best opportunity for common sense gun legislation in decades, and we are at least eight votes short.
Sixty votes are needed to pass the Manchin-Toomey bill. According to the latest reports from Washington D.C., 52 Senators have indicated that they will vote Yes, in favor the bill, 39 have indicated that they will vote No. Nine Senators have not committed. We need at least 8 of them to vote Yes.
Moms, dads – all citizens – desiring common sense gun legislation and enhanced safety for our children must act. The time is now.
Please take a few minutes out of your day. You can make a difference.
· Call each of the 9 non-committed Senators on this list and your own Senators
· Email your own Senators by clicking on the link below
· Forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
- Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
- John McCain (R-AZ)
- Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Mark Begich (D-AK)
- Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
- Dean Heller (R-NV)
- Max Baucus (D-MT)
- Mark Pryor (D-AR)
- Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
The NRA is calling and emailing. Please make your voice heard.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
The U.S. Senate is getting ready to vote on universal background checks, and despite the fact that 92% of Americans support the measure, its passage remains in doubt.
I had to pass a background check to carry a weapon in Iraq, and we should require the same of people who want to carry one at home.
We only have a few days to demonstrate the overwhelming support this issue enjoys. Thousands of veterans with VoteVets.org have already signed a petition on this issue. Will you add your name to theirs today?
The petition on SignOn.org to the United States Senate says:
If a background check is needed to join the military and carry a weapon in Iraq, we should require the same of people who want to carry one at home.
We’ll have a veteran deliver your message to the U.S. Senate before the vote.
–Glenn Kunkel, Iraq War Veteran & Purple Heart Recipient
Yesterday some California-based members of Parents Against Gun Crime joined other activists at a local Mayors Against Illegal Guns-sponsored “Day of action” in Mountain View, California. Speakers included representatives from Obama for Action, The Brady Campaign and former state assemblywoman Sally Lieber, as well as a local member of Parents Against Gun Crime. Approximately 75 concerned citizens gathered in support of enhanced gun legislation. Participants were urged to text “MYVOICE” to 877-877 in order to have your voice heard, and to encourage friends and family across the nation to do the same. After the speakers, the activists marched down Castro Street carrying signs and chanting.
Real and meaningful legislation that can prevent gun violence and save lives will be heard in the U.S. Senate in the next several days.
All you need to do is text “MYVOICE” to 877877, you will receive a response text asking for your zip code. After sending your zip code, you’ll get a call back with a quick message from Tony Bennett or another celebrity and you’re connected directly to one of your Senators or another senate office.
Once you are connected with a Senate office, give your name and urge the Senator to support strong, sensible gun legislation.
It’s that easy, simply text MYVOICE to 877877
Interested in doing more? Here are additional actions you can take:
- Invite friends and followers to get involved via Facebook and Twitter
- Film your call and post it online to show others how easy it is
- When sharing on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #myvoice
- Go the extra mile and text/call Senate offices multiple times
Victims and survivors of gun violence deserve a vote. The vast majority of citizens support sensible measures like background checks on all gun sales. It’s time for politicians to hear us loud and clear and vote YES for legislation that prevents gun violence and saves lives.
According to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, by a margin of 92 percent to 7 percent, voters supported background checks. In households with a gun, 91 percent were in favor, while 8 percent were opposed, Quinnipiac said.
If this is the case, how can any oath-bound politician oppose it?
Again, we were dismayed to hear that Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to do his job. Instead of engaging in a debate and allowing a vote on responsible gun control, he will instead filibuster.
This is not the sign of a leader. A leader does not shy away from doing things that he does not like. Instead, a leader does their duty and faces “moments of truth” head-on.
A better leader for the Republican party in the Senate may be the more rational Senator Tom Coburn (pictured).
In a recent town hall, Sen. Coburn reasonably stated what 90% of Americans already know – universal background checks are the only way for a gun owner to know that they didn’t just sell their gun to someone that should not have it. Namely, a criminal or someone that is mentally ill.
Common sense leadership – is it too much to ask? Who would you choose?
This video is commonly cited as ‘proof’ that gun control does not work. It shows quotes from a few Australian citizens, mostly ‘concerned gun owners’ and cites statistics of increasing crime rates, specifically:
Armed Robberies – up 69%;
Assault with guns – up 28%;
Gun Murders up – 19%;
Home invasion – up 21%.
While this video has been posted by a number of YouTube users, there is no evidence that it was produced by a credible news source. The video contains no information on its sources, nor does it contain any credits listing who produced it, or when, and by whom it was originally broadcast (if ever – the video does not even display a channel logo).
So what about those claims? Have crime rates really gone up in Australia since the introduction of the 1997 gun buy-back program?
We cannot check the specific claims in the video as no sources were cited. But here is what we did find, from various sources:
- A study by GunsAndCrime.org suggests that the assault rate in Australia had been on the rise since 1991, well before the gun ban took effect. The assault rate continued to rise until 2002, after which it started dropping (http://www.gunsandcrime.org/auresult.html).
So while it is technically correct that the assault rate rose since the gun ban, it is disingenuous at best to link the two, since the uptrend had been present since at least 1991 (earlier data is not available).
- The homicide rate in Australia has been researched by Factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/gun-control-in-australia/) in 2009. Citing government data, it notes that while there was a slight increase in homicides in 1997 and a peak in 1999, there has been a downtrend since.
- Snopes.com researched another widely cited claim of increased crime rates: http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp
In summary, the claims in the video have no verifiable source and similar claims have been debunked repeatedly by various sources.
Six is a short film about a child who finds a hidden, loaded gun while playing alone on a rooftop. An innocent imagination meets the awful reality of gun possession, recalling an argument that provokes damages and deaths every day.
Five hundred and sixty one. This is the impressive number of children aged 12 and under killed by firearms between 2006 and 2010. This number will definitely increase once the records of 2011 and 2012 will be released.
Gun possession is a massive problem nowadays, with almost 300 million guns privately owned by civilians that constitute the 300 million population of the United States. The number itself is huge and terrifying and the effects that this could cause are even worse.
The team that created the movie are looking for funding to finish production and release the movie. Follow the link below for more details of how you can help.
Following the 2008 Supreme Court ruling overturning the handgun ban, the District of Columbia City Council passed a new gun control measure, this one banning “assault weapons.” The Council defined “assault weapons” as semi-automatic rifles and pistols with certain military features. The new ban was challenged in federal court. A federal appeals court in October 2011 voted 2 to 1 to uphold the ban.
The reasoning of the court:
- Prohibiting semi-automatic assault weapons does not disarm or substantially affect a citizen’s ability to defend him or herself.
- A ban on assault weapons promotes the government’s interest in protecting police officers and fighting crime in dense urban areas like Washington, D.C.
- There is no significant difference between a semi-automatic weapon and a fully-automatic weapon in terms of potential firepower and the lethal threat it poses. It takes two seconds to empty a fully-automatic Uzi with a 30-round magazine. The same gun fired as a semi-automatic takes five seconds.
Common sense thinking to protect citizens while not eliminating the second amendment and removing the ability of a citizen to defend themselves.