Victim’s aunt: Pulse, Parkland and other slaughters bound together by the AR-15 rifle | Commentary

Victim’s aunt: Pulse, Parkland and other slaughters bound together by the AR-15 rifle | Commentary

Gun Rights

Several versions of the AR-15 assault rifle that a Florida group would like to ban. June 12 marks three years since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were tragically slaughtered by an AR-15. This semiautomatic rifle is also responsible for the most gruesome massacres in recent history – 12 in Aurora, Colo.; 26 in Newtown, Conn.; 58 in Las Vegas; 26 in Sutherland Springs, Texas; 17 in Parkland; and 11 in Pittsburgh. Because of this weapon, the killer can commit mass murder in the most efficient manner — killing the most people as quickly as possible. I respect the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment, which states that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. However, I also respect the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s ruling that our right to bear arms is not unlimited. We cannot own a rocket launcher, battle tank or a fully automatic weapon. Most people would agree this is reasonable, as would adding to that list the civilian version of the military’s M4 assault rifle. Gail Schwartz is founder of Ban Assault Weapons Now! and is the aunt of Alex Schachter, who died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Courtesy photo) The truth is that an assault weapons ban saves lives — we already have evidence from our own history. In response to multiple mass shootings involving assault weapons, the federal government enacted a 10-year federal assault weapons ban. The 1994 federal assault weapons ban was […]

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