SWINDLE: Future of the Second Amendment

SWINDLE: Future of the Second Amendment

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Author Unknown, but many attribute this quote to Albert Einstein. Someone recently asked me, “Will Washington ever do anything about semi-automatic assault weapons?” I asked him what his definition of a “semi-automatic assault weapon” was. The polite man admitted that he did not know. But, he was quick to point out that people get killed when a person has a firearm and unleashes the weapon against defenseless children and adults. He was correct. Gun Free Zones (GFZ) are almost always the target of predatory killers because these areas alleviate the fear of the predator being shot himself. Predators always focus on the weak, old, young, and defenseless. What is a “semiautomatic assault weapon”? To answer this, the first step is to look back to the time when Washington tried to “do something” about “assault weapons.” The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) of 1994 was their answer. Congress passed the law at a time when several mass shootings had raised public concern. Politicians were pressured to act in some manner. In order to relieve their pressure, Congress responded by passing a law restricting firearms defined as “semiautomatic assault weapons” and magazines that met the criteria for “large capacity ammunition feeding devices.” AWB defined semiautomatic guns as those that fire once for each trigger pull. This includes hunting rifles and pistols. The term “assault” was never clearly defined. As with most laws that are passed […]

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