Legislators Cast Votes on ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban In FL as Students Watch, and Media Can’t Believe It

Looks like the histrionics and emotionalism from the activist Parkland school children didn’t sway the Florida state legislature to sign onto a new assault weapons ban as lawmakers voted down the new legislation even as the Parkland kids sat in the gallery crying about it.

As you can imagine, the media simply couldn’t believe it.

And despite that the grown ups in the Florida legislature weren’t swayed by the kids, the media continued to use images of the kids to sell anti-gun issues.

We aren’t being told who is funding all this left-wing activism, but the Parkland kids were bussed to Florida’s state capital in Tallahassee to try and force legislators to pass the ban.

But even as the left continues to push for anti-gun laws like a so-called “assault weapons” ban, one has to ask if such a ban would even work?

According to the LA Times, assault weapons bans don’t work:

California was the first state to ban the weapons. It happened in 1989, after a shooter used one to kill five schoolchildren in Stockton. A federal ban went into effect in 1994 and then “sunsetted” in 2004. Today, eight states, including California and New York, have assault weapon bans on their books.

The laws, however, are largely ineffectual. Because these guns are really just ordinary rifles, it is hard for legislators to effectively regulate them without banning half the handguns in the country (those that are semiautomatic and/or have detachable magazines) and many hunting rifles as well.


The nationwide federal ban on assault weapons did accomplish one thing: According to the 2004 study, fewer of the banned guns were found at crime scenes (down from 2% of guns recovered to 1%). Although this suggests that gun laws affect the inventory of guns in the marketplace — again, contrary to the claims of the NRA — the study’s authors concluded that criminals had just switched to other guns.

BizPacReview also noted that crimes committed by people using rifles is incredibly low.

In addition, FBI Crime Statistics show that all rifles combined — “assault rifles,” hunting rifles, all rifles — account for 250 firearms homicides per year. By comparison, handguns account for nine times as many murders as all other firearms combined.

Sadly, we are again seeing all the old myths about guns flooding right back into the media as these Parkland kids are paraded out as “experts” on guns.

For instance, isn’t it amazing that the same people who say that outlawing drugs doesn’t work are the same people who want to institute gun bans?

Dan Greenfield recently shot down one of those myths that mass shootings happen monthly in the U.S.

The myth conflates drug violence in Chicago, which is nearly constant, with rampage killers like Stephen Paddock or Adam Lanza, who are far rarer, and Islamic terrorists like Omar Mateen.

Mass shootings and rampage killers are not the same thing.

Do we really have a “mass shooting” every few days? Most gun violence in this country is really gang violence. The mass shooting trackers list gang violence incidents in urban areas. And gang violence doesn’t depend on guns. It sharply rose in the UK despite gun control.

And it’s the left that has crippled the laws meant to fight gangs and drug dealers. Obama initiated a drug dealer pardon amnesty even while calling for more gun control. But the only way to control gang violence is by cracking down on gangs, not on guns. The pro-crime left deems such measures a “school-to-prison pipeline” that’s little more than “modern slavery”.

There are many of these false claims coming once again. Take British gun-hater Piers Morgan who said that the much-malign bumpstock device “turns a rifle into a machine gun.”

This, of course, is an outright lie. Bumpstocks do not make rifles into machine guns.

[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]

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