DOJ memo says assault weapons ban “unlikely to have an impact on gun violence”

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There has been a substantial amount of gun-related news over the past few days. As it stands right now, President Barack Obama’s gun control measures are stalled in Congress and there is only tepid hope that they’ll be able to break through the legislative stalemate. But that hasn’t stopped gun-grabbers from pushing in the issue in state legislatures.

In Missouri, four Democratic legislators have proposed a bill that would require law-abiding residents of the state to turn in their semi-automatic weapons (so-called “assault weapons”) to law enforcement within 90 days. The Colorado House has passed a measure that would clamp down on the state’s gun laws. That law, by the way, could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs in the Centennial State.

It gets worse, folks. In Wisconsin, some Democratic legislators are pushing legislation that would ban the sell of certain types of ammunition, including hollow points. And a gun control push in the State of Washington would essentially strip gun owners of their Fourth Amendment rights by allowing police to search homes for semi-automatic weapons.

We may dismiss this all as pandering, but the fact of the matter is that the gun control crowds in various state legislatures are working overtime. And while it looks like some of these efforts may well pass, they won’t help prevent gun violence, a point even President Obama’s Department of Justice has conceded. The National Review reported yesterday on a recently leaked Department of Justice memo noting that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an impact on gun violence.” Why? Because the weapons being targeted “are not a major contributor to US gun homicide.”

There it is, in black and white. Unfortunately, the anti-gun crowd, which has suffered loss after loss over the last few years, isn’t going to let this clearly stated fact stand in the way of the their preconceived, emotionally-invested arguments and notions.

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