Steve James wrote:They want to eliminate the "gun show" exception.
Then, they'd like universal background checks (since the standards vary from state to state).
Afa "assault weapons" (which is a useful misnomer), they'd would like to limit the size of magazines (particularly for the AR series) and other features that make these weapons more "assault capable." For ex., they want stocks to be fixed.
There are already lots of restrictions, though, such as flash and sound suppression.
What effect would these changes have on gun violence in general or on mass shootings in particular?
I would say none on overall gun violence since rifles overall (I have no stats for assault weapons) account for only 3.5% of gun murders, and these changes would have almost no effect on mass shootings.
Universal background checks required for all gun transactions ought to be validated by stats on crimes committed with illegally obtained weapons. I don't know the answer to this question.
As Shapiro said on CNN to Morgan, Lanza had an AR-15 and two automatic pistols. Without the AR-15, would he still have committed the crime? I think yes, and probably with the same casualties if we believe he shot all those people at close range. The Luby massacre was done with handguns only, same with Virginia Tech. You don't need a rifle and it's probably easier without one. Handguns are easier to wield, especially with minimal training.
In the US, there are officially almost a firearm for every man, woman and child. There are nations at war that don't have that proportion. So, again, the question that needs to be answered is "WTF" is wrong with Americans?
This is a militaristic country that has been perpetually at war since its founding. A gun culture is advantageous to create soldiers. I have asked before why we're so worked up about 20 dead kids in Connecticut when we kill that many every month, or probably more frequently, with drone attacks in the Middle East. If the culture needs to be changed, it's the militaristic culture created at the top to fulfill an agenda to be the world's police, primarily in order to enforce economic contracts for multi-national, predatory lenders. See "War Is a Racket" by Smedley Butler, the USMC General who invaded Haiti for international bankers.
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