"Those that would give up liberty for security deserve neither" B. Franklin
"Assault Weapon" is a term made up by gun hater Josh Sugarman to scare people that don't know better.
"Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons."
-Josh Sugarmann, Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988
Gun control was a hot topic in the early 1990s, when Congress enacted a 10-year ban on assault weapons. But since that ban expired in 2004,
Yeah, a "assault weapons ban that did nothing except ban flash suppressors and bayonet lugs. It had no effect on crime.
“One of the things he said was something to the effect of wanting to have a conversation about protecting our children,” said Burkett, who lives in Prairie City. “I think that’s a very valid conversation to have.”
Sorry, the conversation is over. The Supreme Court ruled in Heller that the right of the people to keep and bear arms meant exactly that. Then in the McDonald decision they incorporated the right to include state governments.
Jayne said the first steps toward reducing gun violence could include closing a loophole that lets private parties sell guns at gun shows without requiring prospective buyers to go through background checks.
There is no "loophole". It's called the right to own and dispose of your private property. Felons are not going to gun shows to buy guns.
For example, he said, creating “gun-free zones” at places such as schools lets potential attackers know that they wouldn’t face armed resistance. “I don’t think it’s by accident that most of these tragedies that have happened within recent years happened in areas that are clearly marked where law-abiding citizens that are properly trained with firearms are disallowed from possessing them.”
I don't go to gun free zones with the one exception of the VA. Being the victim of a violent crime will open your eyes. I will never be a victim again.
State Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, said some gun restrictions could be made without infringing on constitutional rights. Restrictions on large gun magazines might be one area, he said.
“Features that turn weapons used for hunting and sport into high-powered killing machines, I think we should be able to have a rational discussion about those things,” Olson said. “I don’t know exactly what the outcome of that discussion is, but there’s no question now is the time to have it.”
Maybe you should go get a education about guns. What features turn a rifle into a killing machine? A pistol grip? a flash suppressor? A bayonet lug? If you don't know what you are talking about, you might want to keep your mouth and not prove yourself to be a fool.
That conversation is over. What part of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" don't you understand?
I am amazed at these lawmakers that would violate their oath to support and defend the Constitution to pass some feel good law that will do nothing. And the sheep fall right in line with them. It's just unbelievable that some people would be willing to throw away their rights just to feel safe. That's all it is too. It is a illusion of safety.