During a Tuesday presser, President Trump broke the news about “gun control”, following the Florida school shooting. More precisely, the Donald signed a memo which, let me quote, is “directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” The President said:
“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law. That process began in December. And just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”
The White House also discussed about setting an age limit for buying “assault rifles”, like the one (AR-15) legally bought by (19 year old) Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, the teenager who killed 17 people last week at a Florida high school.
Now, let me break a few statistics for your viewing pleasure:
Murder Victims from the FBI Table 8 database (2014 is their most current):
Other guns 93
Knives or cutting instruments 1,567
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 435
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 660
You are nearly twice as likely to be killed by someone with a club and three times as likely to be killed by someone with hands and feet than any rifle. The AR-15 is a small percentage within that small percentage of rifle murders. Focusing on a gun type is definitely not the answer. Let’s focus on the person type (mental issues, medication etc), not the gun. Don’t get me wrong here. I think we should “do something” about the school shootings… obviously. Let’s just focus on what should be done. Also, if you do look up the database – and I encourage you to do so – you will see a decline in gun related murders over the last 5 years of the fact collecting.
I hate seeing the president fall into the “ban” and “machine gun” trap, and personally I consider this to be a major red flag.The President doing impersonations of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, or Bill Nelson is not a good sign!..
For 50 plus years, leftists (whether you call them liberals, progressives or Democrats) have been throwing around the mantra “ban” this and “ban” that when it comes to firearms, magazines, and firearm accessories, without ever once defining what a ban actually is. Just for the record, there never was at any time an “assault weapons ban” in America, expired or not. That is a total myth!
The only thing that happened during the previous so called “ban” was that the importation of most semi-auto rifles that had certain cosmetic characteristics was stopped, and the manufacturers of American semi-auto rifles were forced to eliminate “scary looking” items on there rifles such as flash suppressors, and bayoneted lugs.. Also during our so called “ban”, high capacity magazines weren’t including in the sale of new rifles, but they were available almost anywhere and were never “banned”. At absolutely no point during the last “assault weapons ban” was anything banned, and it was legal to own, shoot, buy and sell semi-auto rifles!..
If Trump is going to announce a “ban” on anything, then he damn well better define it! Is he suggesting making the manufacture of “bump stocks” illegal? Is he suggesting making the sale of existing bump stocks illegal? Or, is he actually suggesting that Sessions criminalize the ownership of bump stocks, thereby making law abiding citizens no longer law abiding unless they allow the government to confiscate their personal property? This is very troubling. Once a President feels that he has the authority to “ban” personal property, we’ve got a problem!
An AR 15 rifle is no different than any other semi-automatic weapon, except it is made of composite materials and looks “scary“. We cannot make laws and regulations based on emotion and appearance. This is the cowards’ way of saying “we are doing something”, which amounts to nothing except taking away more freedoms from law abiding Americans. Remember, there are over 220,000 public and private schools in the U.S. Your chance of being killed in a school shooting is almost like getting struck by lightning.
If so concerned, then how about giving the same level of protection for our children that is given to government buildings, courthouses, athletic events, commercial airplanes, etc? Why have our children been short changed the same protection if the liberals and politicians are so concerned?