Urge Congress to Commission Assault Weapons Study

Target: The United States Congress

Goal: Convince Congress to take evaluate the need for reinstating an Assault Weapons Ban.

In light of recent tragedies in Newtown and Aurora, Americans must rethink the status quo for gun policy. Congress must do its part to help U.S. gun laws become more effective in stopping tragedies of this nature. A much talked-about possibility is renewing the Assault Weapons Ban that was in place from 1994-2004. A study into the use of assault weapons is necessary to make a decision on this tricky, divisive issue.

There hasn’t been a comprehensive national look at assault weapon use since 2004 with the expiration of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which included a ban on manufacturing assault weapons. This law would have banned the weapons used in both the Aurora and Newtown mass shootings, and many police departments have reported an increase in the criminal use of assault weapons since the ban expired. It is nearly impossible to tell how much weight these facts hold in the overall discussion without extensive research into the use of assault weapons. In addition, the law in question banned large-capacity magazines (LCMs) manufacturing. Congress should include LCMs in the study that they commission.

Due to the lack of a nationwide study, it is difficult to ask Congress to make a fair assessment on the issue of assault weapons. Please join me in asking Congress to take this obvious first step towards an informed decision on this important issue: a national study on assault weapons.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

The recent tragedies in Newtown and Aurora have caused the discussion on gun control to re-enter the public arena. A serious, hard look should be taken at this important and divisive issue. In his recent speech on gun control, President Obama urged you to renew the ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines (LCMs). I urge you to commission a study on assault weapon and LCMs so you are able to make a fair and complete assessment before a decision is made.

One reason this is so necessary is that the last nationwide study of this nature was completed in 2004, the year the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 expired. Many police stations have since reported an uptick in criminal use of assault weapons, and the guns used in both the Aurora and Newtown shootings would have been banned by the aforementioned law.

It is impossible to tell whether these facts should be taken at face value or if they are indicative of a larger problem. To do that, a national study of the issue needs to happen. Please make the first step towards an informed decision on this issue.

Sincerely

[Your Name Here]

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  1. YOU ARE STUPID IT AINT THE GOOD PEOPLE USING ASSUALT WEAPONS IF YOU TAKE IT AWAY FOR THE GOOD CITZEN THE WE WONT HAVE EM AND ALL THE GANGS AND NIGGERS WILL STILL GET EM ILLEGALY

  2. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, is there still a question of whether or not to consider reinstating a ban on assault weapons? It’s not a matter of background checks or more comprehensive mental health treatment, both of which are also essential, but assault weapons?? Are you kidding?

    • Calvin Smith Calvin Smith says:

      I appreciate your response Lisa. I am so happy that President Obama signed an executive order to close loopholes and require background checks for everyone, and I think that the state of our mental health system is shameful (I recently wrote a petition demanding better mental health services for our military – http://forcechange.com/53400/demand-better-mental-health-services-for-our-military/). That being said, these petitions are only meant to tackle one issue at a time. There isn’t one single issue that will stop tragedies like this from occurring, and I simply chose assault weapons for my first gun law-related petition because it is something that I believe in, and is something that will need a big push from everyday citizens to get passed. That doesn’t mean I don’t think better mental health checks and treatment for prospective gun owners aren’t necessary, so please keep your eye out for more petitions on this topic as I know that assault weapons are far from the only problem. Thanks again for the feedback!

      • Cal-
        Take a look at http://www.urban.org/publications/406797.html

        Long story, short: While their use may elicit national news coverage, assault weapons are used in so few crimes they were considered “statistically insignificant.” Don’t believe the MSM hype, you’re far more likely to be murdered by someone you know with a baseball bat than a stranger with an AK. Thank you, btw, for the mental health/military petition.

        V/R,
        SGT Mike O’Brien, USAR

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