It’s time to ban assault rifles and move past the guns are used for self-defense argument

It's time to ban assault rifles and move past the guns are used for self-defense argument

The claim that assault weapons, such as AR-15s, and AK-47s, are used in the home for self-defense is based on a deeply flawed 1995 study of all guns used as defensive weapons . Current defensive uses are more telling and reveal that assault weapons are hardly used for self-defensive purposes. The 1995 study claimed that about 2 million self-defense tactics were used but current studies show that the number of guns used in self-defense was close to zero. The current studies were based on hospital records and included all guns, not just assault weapons. Yet, the allegedly bankrupt National Rifle Association claims that assault weapons are primarily used for self-defense, but recent credible studies do not bear that out . In fact, assault weapons in the home are more likely to be used against the homeowner. Unfortunately, that is the current status. Those in favor of gun safety measures cite current statistics; gun owners also cite their favorite study. The issue is not about to be resolved. It is quite controversial and politicians of all stripes are not about to get involved. Other NRA claims are also suspect. There is, for example, the claim that one small change to the nation’s gun laws will lead to an eventual ban on all guns — hunting rifles included. As a teenager, I favored the .22 rifle over the available pistol. When I became an adult, and aided by my experiences in the Army, I put aside my guns. Apparently, there are […]

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