We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements—like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole—so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few. (emphasis added - SiG)To those without a Bullshit to English translation program on their machine, "closing the gun show loophole" means, "making it illegal to sell your private property where you want". The Bullshit to English translation of "loophole" is "fully legal activity the speaker disapproves of". DOJ Statistics show that about 1% of guns involved in crimes are bought at a gun show. They're either bought as stolen property, or the criminal steals them directly. 39% are bought from family or friends. Gun shows are not a problem.
How effective is an AWB likely to be? Not effective at all. We don't need to speculate, we have the 1994 - 2004 AWB to use as a model. It wasn't effective, why should a new one be?
I think that few would disagree that "Gun Facts" is one of the most thoroughly researched sites on the web. Version 6.1 says:
Fact: In 1994, before the Federal “assault weapons ban,” you were eleven (11) times more likely to be beaten to death than to be killed by an “assault weapon.”359I'm sure these facts aren't surprising to any regular readers, just as I'm sure I don't need to remind my readers there really is nothing that distinguishes a so-called assault rifle besides appearance.
Fact: In the first year after the ban was lifted, murders declined 3.6%, and violent crime 1.7%.360
Fact: Nationally, “assault weapons” were used in 1.4% of crimes involving firearms and 0.25% of all violent crime before the enactment of any national or state “assault weapons” ban. The rate is less than 0.1% In many major urban areas (San Antonio, Mobile, Nashville, etc.) as well as some some entire states (Maryland, New Jersey, etc.).361
Fact: Even the government agrees. “The weapons banned by this legislation [1994 Federal Assault Weapons ban - since repealed] were used only rarely in gun crimes”369
Face it, Dems, these guns are very rarely used in any sort of nefarious activity. When you consider that they're the most popular rifles sold in America for the past several years, and the sheer volume sold, they certainly would be available for criminals to steal. But as Charles Krauthammer said (The Washington Post, April 5, 1996):
“Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic, purely symbolic move ... Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”Symbolic acts that hurt law-abiding people while not impacting crime in any significant positive way? Yeah that sounds like Evil Party logic. Tyrants can't stand an independent, armed populace. There's no logic involved, just emotional reactions.
As always, gun control isn't about guns, it's about control.