Biden and Pelosi Give Wrong ‘Facts’ About ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

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President Joe Biden and legislature Democrats are trying to reinstate the national battle limb prohibition that was successful effect for 10 years because—they claim—it reduced weapon crime. The bill, which conscionable passed the House, volition soon get a ballot successful the Senate.

In the effort to get it passed, Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made immoderate expansive claims, which they called “facts,” astir the erstwhile prohibition connected rifles starring to decreasing crime. But those facts don’t look to beryllium supported by evidence.

“Supporters of the bans are calling their assertions ‘facts,’ successful an effort to mislead the public,” Lawrence Keane, elder vice president and wide counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) told The Epoch Times. “Many of the Democratic Members of Congress were purposefully misleading successful their assertions that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban reduced crime. This level of willful ignorance would beryllium comical if the effects of what they are trying to bash wasn’t truthful blatantly unconstitutional.”

The prohibition was successful effect from 1994 to 2004.


During that time, “we witnessed weapon transgression with battle weapons driblet by up to 40 percent,” Pelosi said connected the House level during the caller debate.

“The fig of murders with rifles really accrued somewhat erstwhile the prohibition went into effect,”  John R Lott Jr., the president of Crime Research, told The Epoch Times, referring to information from the FBI’s yearly merchandise of reports from instrumentality enforcement agencies connected homicides by limb type. Lott besides pointed retired that nary 1 collects information connected each crimes committed with alleged battle weapons.

The word “assault weapon” is wide viewed by weapon experts arsenic a governmental phrase. It refers to semi-automatic rifles that person definite cosmetic features. The House measure calls an “assault weapon” a firearm that has 1 diagnostic specified arsenic a pistol grip, folding stock, oregon grenade launcher.

While Pelosi makes it dependable similar there’s a sedate hazard of being killed by a rifle, it’s really a uncommon crime. Lott has reported that the percent of firearm murders with immoderate benignant of rifles was 4.8 percent anterior to the prohibition starting successful September 1994. During the 10-year ban, homicide by firearm was 4.9 percent of each murders. Then firearm homicides dropped to 3.6percent aft the prohibition expired successful 2004.

The talker did not mention the root of her statistics. She could beryllium referring to however each convulsive transgression went down since the spike successful the 1980s, which would see the tiny fig of murders by rifles.

You tin spot this successful this graphic of the FBI data. The alteration was dramatic.

There were 15,463 homicides by weapon successful 1994 erstwhile the prohibition went into effect and 724 were by rifles. When the prohibition expired successful 2004, determination were 9,385 homicides and 403 of them were by rifle.

“The falling transgression rates are much apt owed to galore different factors than firearm ownership, including a concerted effort and absorption connected prosecuting criminals,” explained Keane.

Pelosi’s property bureau did not respond to a petition for accusation connected the root of her data.


Furthermore, determination is nary survey that has proven that the weapon power instrumentality had a nonstop effect connected transgression reduction.  Quite the opposite, Rand’s “Study of Gun Policy” successful 2018 (pdf) looked astatine assorted studies connected the interaction of the instrumentality connected convulsive transgression and concluded that “available grounds is inconclusive for the effect of battle limb bans connected full homicides and firearm homicides.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also published a report in 2003 connected evaluating the effectiveness of firearms laws and studied the battle limb ban. It said that studies were “inconsistent” and frankincense concluded that, “evidence was insufficient to find the effectiveness” of the law.

Ownership of guns classified arsenic battle weapons accrued successful ownership during the ban. Keane, the almighty weapon lobbyist, pointed retired that during the ban, what his enactment calls Modern Sporting Rifles continued to beryllium legally manufactured and sold if they did not person 2 of the cosmetic features indispensable for the firearm to beryllium banned.

Biden has been pushing incessantly for it to beryllium reinstated since helium took bureau connected the ground that it decreased wide shootings. He said successful July: “Assault weapons request to beryllium banned.  They were banned.  I led the combat successful 1994.  And then, nether unit from the NRA and the weapon manufacturers and others, that prohibition was lifted successful 2004.”

NRA stands for National Rifle Association.

Biden also said connected June 2, “In the 10 years it was law, wide shootings went down.  But aft Republicans fto the instrumentality expire successful 2004 and those weapons were allowed to beryllium sold again, wide shootings tripled. Those are the facts.”

But an Epoch Times investigation into wide shootings showed that they are highly uncommon and went up and down during the clip play successful question. As you tin spot successful this graphic, determination was nary signifier of wide shootings successful that 10-year period.

The White House property bureau did not respond to a petition for the root of the president’s data.

Pelosi echoed Biden with her ain statistic, saying successful a code that “since the prohibition expired, the fig of wide shooting deaths has grown by astir 500 percent.”

That’s not true.

“Mass nationalist shootings with battle weapons successful the 10 years aft the prohibition sunset accrued to six compared to the 4 that occurred successful the 10 years during the ban,” Lott reported successful his analysis. He besides reports that full wide nationalist shootings accrued betwixt those 2 ten-year periods, astir doubling, but the summation occurred with non-assault weapons.

“If Pelosi’s assertion is correct, we should spot a driblet successful the percent of attacks with battle weapons during the national prohibition play and past an summation successful the post-ban period, but the nonstop other is true,” said Lott, the writer of the caller publication Gun Control Myths.

Furthermore, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service studied the impact of the 1994 battle limb prohibition and concluded:  “Significantly portion tragic and shocking, nationalist wide shootings relationship for fewer of the murders oregon non-negligent homicides related to firearms that hap annually successful the United States.”


Why are apical Democrats focusing nationalist attraction connected authorities from truthful agelong agone that had nary interaction connected violence?

“They are surviving successful a 1994 mindset due to the fact that we person an anti-gun governmental people that is inactive utilizing the aforesaid aged talking points erstwhile it comes to battle weapons,” said an insider astatine a radical that aims to support Second Amendment rights. “They are highlighting the astir emotionally compelling crimes [mass shootings] that are highly rare—less than 1 percent of each weapon deaths—to confuse and scare the public, but it’s not moving anymore.”

Keane echoed this, saying, “These are the aforesaid politicians that manufacture presumption to scare the American nationalist with the word ‘assault weapon’ to purposefully mislead the American nationalist and confuse Modern Sporting Rifles with the military’s automatic rifles.”

While these kinds of scare tactics connected “assault weapons” worked backmost successful the days of the archetypal ban, modern-style rifles person go overmuch much fashionable and are successful communal use. The NSSF, reported this month that determination are present 24.4 cardinal Modern Sporting Rifles successful circulation successful America. The commercialized relation for weapon manufacturers noted that means determination are much of the AR-15 and AK-style rifles “in circulation contiguous than determination are Ford F-Series trucks connected the road.”

This is simply a ample portion of the crushed that the polls present enactment against the aged talking points that Pelosi and Biden are using. Quinnipiac reported successful June (pdf) that enactment for a nationwide prohibition connected the merchantability of battle weapons—50 percent—was the lowest level of enactment among registered voters since the canvass question was archetypal asked successful February 2013.

Now that truthful galore Americans ain oregon cognize friends and household who ain AR-style rifles, they don’t look arsenic scary. So erstwhile this measure gets voted connected successful the Senate, the nationalist should beryllium alert that banning these commonly owned rifles volition not bash thing astir the superior transgression occupation successful America.

Emily Miller


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