Assault weapons have ONLY ONE purpose: TO MURDER AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE! Assault weapons are NOT for hunting and NOT for target practice! They are ONLY FOR MASS MURDER! CONGRESS MUST IMMEDIATELY BAN assault weapons!
Odessa. Dayton. Aurora. Parkland. Poway. Orlando. Las Vegas. Tree of Life Synagogue. Sandy Hook. Umpqua Community College.Waffle House. Texas Church. San Bernardino. These are just some of the deadliest mass shootings in America, and they all have one thing in common: the shooter used an AR-15-style weapon.
Assault weapons like the AR-15 are the weapon of choice for mass shooters in America because they are uniquely lethal. In shootings in which assault weapons or high-capacity magazines are used, 155 percent more people are shot and 47 percent people are killed compared to those without them. These weapons of war have no place in civilian hands.
Congress must pass S. 736, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, which would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
In Washington State, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility (www.wagunresponsibility.org) does good work to reduce gun violence. During the 2022 state legislative session, they got three bills passed, including SB 5078, which prohibits high-capacity magazines (holding more than 10 rounds). The organization says such guns “are favored by mass shooters. They have been used in three-quarters of gun massacres with 10 or more deaths and in all gun massacres with 20 or more deaths over the last 50 years.” Gov. Jay Inslee signed the three bills into law.
On March 31, 2022, the organization reported this: “We just got news that our opponents have officially filed a referendum attempting to overturn the newly-passed law restricting high-capacity magazines. Washington’s referendum process allows voters to file a referendum to reject laws passed by the legislature. The referendum petition must be signed by a portion of state voters before it makes it on the ballot.”
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