The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted this week to pass a pair of gun-control measures widely opposed by the GOP.
Not to be outdone, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill that would ban more than 200 so-called assault weapons, Breitbart reported.
“This bill saves lives”
Along with the support of 34 Senate Democrats who co-sponsored the legislation, Feinstein also wants to ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds as well as bump stocks, which were banned in 2019.
Under the proposal, current owners of the banned weapons would be allowed to keep them, but transferring ownership to someone else would require an FBI background check.
Claiming the measure would “save lives,” Feinstein said that the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 would replace a previous ban that expired 17 years ago. Critics, on the other hand, say her numbers are wrong and doubt the bill would save any lives at all.
“It’s been 17 years since the original Assault Weapons Ban expired, and the plague of gun violence continues to grow in this country,” the California Democrat said. “To be clear, this bill saves lives.”
During the decade in which the ban was in place, she claimed that “gun massacres declined by 37% compared with the decade before” and upon its expiration, “the number of massacres rose by 183%.”
“Too small for reliable measurement”
According to the National Institute of Justice, however, the prior ban did little to reduce crime.
“The ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement,” a report from the institute determined.
For her part, Feinstein did not include citations about where she got her numbers. Data from 2011 showed that just over one-tenth of one percent of deaths were attributed to assault weapons.
Of course, the same party pushing for more gun control is the same group that has moved to effectively shut down our society indefinitely in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Law-abiding gun owners and freedom-loving Americans across the nation are sure to wonder where Democrats might end their attempt to curtail constitutional freedoms and, with control of Congress and the White House, stop pushing through highly partisan legislation and executive orders.