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:
Six US Courts of Appeal Reject Second Amendment Protection for Assault Weapons Using DC v. Heller
Worman v. Healey
Decided 04/05/2018 and 04/26/2019
“In fact, when asked directly, not one of the plaintiffs or their six experts could identify even a single example of the use of an assault weapon for home self-defense, nor could they identify even a single example of a self-defense episode in which ten or more shots were fired.”
Kolbe v. Hogan
Petition for certiorari denied by Supreme Court on 11/27/2017. Writ of certiorari is a document which a losing party files with the Supreme Court to review the decision of a lower court. It includes a list of the facts of the case, the legal questions presented for review, and arguments as to why the court should grant the writ.
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
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.
• 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.
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
Source: Rampage Nation – Securing America From Mass Shootings
Assault Weapons Turn Killers into Killing Machines
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.