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North America Should Ban Assault Rifles

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Started: 6/5/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Assault rifles are weapons of war, I'm not saying ban all guns because that wouldn't be fair.


Good afternoon!

Technically you already won this argument. Assault rifles, or fully automatic rifles, have been banned since the 1930s.

What I believe you meant is banning dangerous looking weapons, and semi-automatic weapons, like the commonly shown AR-15. "AR" stands for "ArmaLite Rifle."

I understand the fear regarding scary looking weapons. News coverage of school shootings have dominated for years now, with the focus on "gun control" and the famed "assault weapons ban," enacted in 1994. It sunset September, 2004.

However, rifles have only been used in 35 mass shootings between 1982 and 2017.

There have been 775 fatalities from mass shooting incidents between 1982 and 2017.

Rifles were used in 25% of mass shooting incidents between 1982 and 2017.

Handguns, semi-automatic handguns in particular, are the weapon of choice by a long shot.

Study after study also found the original "Assault Weapon Ban" to have minimal impact overall.


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