THANK YOU: New York Times Finally Acknowledge That “Assault Weapons” Are a Myth
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Has Hell frozen over? Has my bacon flown out of my refrigerator?
Never did I think would see an op-ed in the New York Times actually acknowledging that so called “assault weapons” are a myth, nothing more than a boogey man dreamt up by anti-gun activists to rally their base.
According to the piece published on the New York Times website,
OVER the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned.
That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban.
But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.
It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.
In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.
We’ve only been saying that, oh, I don’t know, FOREVER. At least someone in the mainstream media is finally paying attention to the facts.