August 02, 2012
These dangerous weapons have no sporting or civilian use and their only purpose it to kill many people in a short amount of time. We support legislation to ban all assault weapons. 20% of all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty are killed with assault weapons.
Assault weapons look scary and are scary because they are equipped with combat hardware. Combat features like high-capacity ammunition magazines, pistol grips, folding stocks, and bayonets, which are not found on sporting guns, are designed specifically to facilitate the killing of human beings in battle.
The combat features include:
- A large-capacity ammunition magazine which enables the shooter to continuously fire dozens of rounds without reloading. Many assault weapons come equipped with large ammunition magazines allowing more than 50 bullets to be fired without reloading. Standard hunting rifles are usually equipped with no more than 3 or 4-shot magazines;
- A folding stock which facilitates maximum ability to conceal and increased mobility in close combat (which comes at the expense of the accuracy desired in a hunting weapon);
- A pistol grip which facilitates spray-fire from the hip without losing control. A pistol grip also facilitates one-handed shooting;
- A barrel shroud which enables the shooter to shoot many rounds because it cools the barrel, preventing overheating. It also allows the shooter to grasp the barrel area to stabilize the weapon, without incurring serious burns, during rapid fire;
- A threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor which allows the shooter to remain concealed when shooting at night, an advantage in combat but unnecessary for hunting or sporting purposes. In addition, the flash suppressor is useful for providing stability during rapid fire;
- A threaded barrel designed to accommodate a silencer which allows an assassin to shoot without making noise;
- A barrel mount designed to accommodate a bayonet which allows someone to stab a person at close quarters in battle.
What states have assault weapons bans?
Seven states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — have state assault weapons bans.
WHAT CAN EVERY CITIZEN DO?
Contact your US Representative and US Senators and urge them to support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.