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Department of Justice Researchers: Assault Weapons Ban Won’t Have Effect on Gun Violence
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 19, 2013 @ 12:49 pm In The Point | 18 Comments
Liberals insist that policy should be guided by science, not emotion, and yet they are once again choosing to ignore the science in favor of emotion. Biden knows this information quite well, which is why he has said the same thing several times while championing a law that will do nothing except restrict the civil rights of the political opponents of his political party.
Justice Department researchers have concluded that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an effect on gun violence,” but Obama has not accepted their report as his administration’s official position.
“Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence,” the DOJ’s National Institute for Justice explains in a January 4 report obtained by the National Rifle Association. “If coupled with a gun buyback and no exemptions then it could be effective.” That idea is also undermined by the acknowledgement that “a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.”
“The Administration has never supported a gun registry or gun confiscation,” a DOJ official told Talking Points Memo, adding that the January 4 report does “not represent the position of the Department of Justice or the administration.”
So Item 1. Either Obama is pushing a law that will accomplish nothing in order to Salami Slice the Second Amendment. Or he’s just pushing a law that will accomplish nothing.
Liberals like to think of themselves as reality-based, the only problem is that they’re always playing a game of Choose Your Own Reality. And Choose Your Own Facts.
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