Debunking Myths About Assault Weapons
Today’s Assault Weapons Inflict Battle-Field Injuries
The AR-15 was developed for the military and was field tested in Vietnam in 1962; reports indicated that “the very high-velocity AR-15 projectiles” had caused:
• Amputations of limbs
• Massive body wounds
Today’s AR-15 and similar military-style rifles retain the same military features and capabilities, except that they do not have fully automatic firing.
AR-15 vs 9mm handgun:
“One looks like a grenade went off in there, the other looks like a bad knife cut.”
But Hey, Who Needs Fully Automatic?
Military Experts Agree: Semi-Auto Firing is More Accurate and Lethal
The average assault weapon is easily converted into a fully automatic weapon, however most “battle-seasoned veterans – including special operators – agree that semi-auto fire is highly effective.”
With a little practice, one can fire hundreds of bullets in minutes with a semi-automatic rifle, and reload very quickly as well.
It is Not a Mental Health Issue
Less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides are mass shootings by people with serious mental illness.
Detailed case analyses reveal that individuals who commit mass shootings often:
• Feel aggrieved
• Are extremely angry
• Have nurtured fantasies of violent revenge
Such individuals function (perhaps marginally) in society and do not typically seek out mental health treatment.
Thus, in most cases, it cannot fairly be said that a perpetrator “fell through the cracks” of the mental health system. Rather, these individuals typically plan their actions well outside the awareness of mental health professionals.
Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine
Source: Myth vs Fact – Violence and Mental Health
Regulating Military-Style Weapons Makes it Harder to Commit Mass Murder, Gives Victims the Chance to Fight Back or Run, and Protects Police Against Being Out-Gunned
Source: Rampage Nation – Securing America From Mass Shootings
Assault Weapons Turn Killers into Killing Machines
The psychological damage to the victims, and their family and friends, numbers in the tens of thousands.
When we pass a ban on Assault Weapons we will be helping to reduce the chance that Rhode Islanders will be the next to suffer a mass shooting.