Boulder mayor to gun owners: Banning assault weapons is not tyranny

Boulder mayor to gun owners: Banning assault weapons is not tyranny

Contending that an assault weapons ban could have prevented the gun massacre that killed 10 people in his city this week, Boulder, Colo., Mayor Sam Weaver pleaded with gun rights advocates to reconsider their opposition to such a move, asking them to address a single overriding question: “Why wouldn’t you want a future where we have fewer innocent people killed?” Weaver spoke out on the Yahoo News "Skullduggery" podcast on Wednesday, just hours after receiving a condolence call from President Biden. During the call, Weaver said, the president pledged to fight to renew a federal assault weapons ban, even while acknowledging that passage would be “very difficult” due to the all-out resistance from gun groups. “I don’t really understand the points they are making,” Weaver said about the gun rights advocates who have fought the assault weapons ban. While describing himself as a gun owner who grew up shooting weapons, he added, “Assault weapons are designed to blow big holes in human beings. If I’m speaking to somebody who is an advocate [of assault weapons], I would ask, ‘Why is it important to have these kinds of weapons?’ And if I hear something about ‘tyranny’ and ‘standing against tyranny,’ obviously that doesn’t make any sense. “Do we give people grenade launchers? Do we give them tanks? Where does that line get drawn? Is it really worth the killing of all of these innocent people to have all these weapons in the hands of a million people in our country?” […]

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