Gun enthusiasts don’t need an assault weapon for self-protection or hunting. So why aren’t they banned? Brent Larkin

Gun enthusiasts don’t need an assault weapon for self-protection or hunting. So why aren’t they banned? Brent Larkin

In this Dec. 23, 2012 file photo, Michael Reed, of Cedar Park, Texas, shoots an AR-15 rifle, at Dragonman’s firing range and gun dealer, outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his column today, Brent Larkin takes a look at the nation’s failure to restore an assault-weapons ban after the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre of 20 young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and despite all the gun massacres since. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) AP AP CLEVELAND — A few months after 20 young children were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a small group of the grieving parents met with Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, seeking support for a modest bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases. “You know, I have an “A” rating from the NRA, so I’m probably not going to support this,” Portman told them, as reported by the New Republic magazine and The New York Times . With the parents was James Barden, the 13-year-old brother of Daniel, a 7-year-old first-grader who lost his life when Adam Lanza walked into the school with an assault weapon and mowed down 26 people, 20 of them children. “Senator, there’s over a thousand deaths from gun violence in Ohio every year,” young James Barden asked the man elected to represent not a powerful gun group, but all Ohioans. “I’m here on behalf of my little brother, Daniel. Do you think that this bill would save some of those lives?” A few moments passed, then Portman replied, […]

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