Debunking Myths About Assault Weapons
Myth #1: Assault Weapons Are Protected by the Second Amendment
DC v. Heller also affirms that The Second Amendment is consistent with laws banning:
Five US Courts of Appeal Reject Second Amendment Protection for Assault Weapons Using DC v. Heller
Kolbe v. Hogan
Petition for certiorari denied by Supreme Court on 11/27/2017
Myth #2: Assault Weapons are Not Weapons of War
Today’s Assault Weapons Retain the Military Features and Capabilities of the Standard Issue M16, Except for Slightly Dimished Rapid-Firing Capabilities
Developed for the military and field tested in Vietnam in 1962, reports indicated that “the very high-velocity AR-15 projectiles” had caused:
• Amputations of limbs
• Massive body wounds
Source: Kolbe v. Hogan
AR-15 vs 9mm handgun:
“One looks like a grenade went off in there, the other looks like a bad knife cut.”
Who Needs Fully Automatic?
With a little practice, one can fire hundreds of bullets in minutes with a semi-automatic rifle, and reload very quickly as well.
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.”
Myth #3: It’s Really 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.
“The risk factors for a mass shooting are shared by a lot of people who aren’t going to do it. If you paint the picture of a young, isolated, delusional young man ― that probably describes thousands of other young men. Even if we had a perfect mental health care system, that is not going to solve our gun violence problem.”
Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine
Source: Myth vs Fact – Violence and Mental Health
Stopping a Person Who is Determined to Kill is Difficult
Curtailing the Ability of That Person to Get an Assault Weapon is Easier and Will Save More Lives
Louis Klarevas, PhD, Department of Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts–Boston
Source: Rampage Nation – Securing America From Mass Shootings
Assault Weapons Turn Killers into Killing Machines
Thousands of people have been killed, even more thousands seriously wounded. The psychological damage to the victims, and their family and friends, certainly 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.