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The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime
Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 | JOHN R. LOTT JR.

Posted on 01/18/2013 2:48:37 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll

Warning about "weapons designed for the theater of war," President Obama on Wednesday called for immediate action on a new Federal Assault Weapons Ban. He said that "more of our fellow Americans might still be alive" if the original assault weapons ban, passed in 1994, had not expired in 2004. Last month, in the wake of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) promised to introduce an updated version of the ban. She too warned of the threat posed by "military weapons."

After the nightmare of Newtown, their concern is understandable. Yet despite being at the center of the gun-control debate for decades, neither President Obama nor Ms. Feinstein (the author of the 1994 legislation) seems to understand the leading research on the effects of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. In addition, they continue to mislabel the weapons they seek to ban.

Ms. Feinstein points to two studies by criminology professors Chris Koper and Jeff Roth for the National Institute of Justice to back up her contention that the ban reduced crime. She claims that their first study in 1997 showed that the ban decreased "total gun murders." In fact, the authors wrote: "the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect (i.e., that the effect was different from zero)."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assaultweapons; awb; banglist; feinstein; gunban; guncontrol; johnlott; obama; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus

1 posted on 01/18/2013 2:48:46 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll
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To: Da Bilge Troll
If they were truly out to eliminate “assualt weapons” they should look at the stastics on motor vehicle assualts. They count for 32,000+ a year.
2 posted on 01/18/2013 2:54:54 PM PST by momf
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Good for the Wall Street Journal asaault weapon clarification ping........


3 posted on 01/18/2013 3:04:15 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: momf

They should also outlaw swimming pools — they have been lethal for many young children.


4 posted on 01/18/2013 3:06:02 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: momf

It is the Assault Media and the Assault Politicians that are the biggest threat to this country. Not the semi auto lookalikes that the Corrupt Liberal Media falsely causes “assault weapons”


5 posted on 01/18/2013 3:06:32 PM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Thanks for the post.


6 posted on 01/18/2013 3:38:24 PM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Thank you very much!


7 posted on 01/18/2013 3:41:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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8 posted on 01/18/2013 3:42:39 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

My squirrel gun was a single shot J.C.Higgins .410.


9 posted on 01/18/2013 4:13:47 PM PST by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: onyx

As is the case with every argument presented by the communists there is no room for facts or logic.

There is a country to disarm !!! They must eschew all reason and act with emotion because that’s all that they have.

Once we are disarmed we the people can be brought to heel and they can dispense with such quaint nonsense like “consent of the governed”. Our betters will tell us what our needs are, and will allow only that which comports with their desires.


10 posted on 01/18/2013 4:21:56 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: Ed Condon

“My squirrel gun was a single shot J.C.Higgins .410.”

Mine was a single shot Remington .22. Doesn’t a shotgun sorta mess up a squirrel?


11 posted on 01/18/2013 4:26:25 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Scheduled for Tue, Jan 22nd intro.

http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons


12 posted on 01/18/2013 5:09:05 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll
Facts?

We're Democraps! We don't need no steenking facts!!!

13 posted on 01/18/2013 5:09:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

***Warning about “weapons designed for the theater of war,” President Obama on Wednesday called for immediate action on a new Federal Assault Weapons Ban.***

Up until 1956, American citizens were better armed than the regular US soldier. Only with the issue of the select fire M-14 did citizens begin to fall behind.


14 posted on 01/18/2013 6:18:00 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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