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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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