The argument against an assault rifle ban is that it would open the door and lead to further firearm restrictions. If we took that argument away by guaranteeing no further firearm bans would it be easier to ban assault rifles?
There already has been an “Assault Rifle Ban”. They were banned for 10 years. Multiple studies determined that the ban had no measurable effect on any crime or abuse. Simply put it was a waste of time and money. Because it was originally passed with a 10 year clause to evaluate the effectiveness before becoming permanent, it was allowed to expire.The real facts about the AR and AK platform is they are very rarely used in crime, as well as any other rifle or shotgun. Probably the primary reason is the inability to hide the things in a car or on your person. Therefore the armed criminal would much rather use an illegally obtained handgun so they can hide it from plain sight and still have quick access to use it illegally. Facts established by the FBI and CDC conclude that Knives are used to kill 5 times that of ALL rifle’s. More hands and feet are used to kill than all long guns combined. Note there are 2 separate listing for these items. Hammers and clubs kill more than any rifle. Handguns are used for killing far more than all other means combined. To put this in even better prospective here are more actual facts:FBI-UCR reports that in 2017 there were 10,982 firearm murders in the US. Expanded Homicide Data Table 87,032 by handgun403 by rifle (other study found approximately 21 AR-15’s were used, another 94)264 by shotgun3283 by other firearms, (unknown due to condition of the body or no projectile found etc. Most are attributed to handguns)1591 by Knives or cutting instruments467 by Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)696 by Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)Now understand there are over 12 million AR-15 rifles sold since 1964 to present, and climbing in the civilian hands now, an estimated 90 million rifles, and an estimated 80 million shotguns. The rest are handguns for a total of an estimated 393 million firearms. This number is climbing every year, but the firearm homicide rate is dropping every year. New firearm owners are also climbing every year, more than the death rate of the firearm owners, approximately 165 million firearm owners are in the US now, according to the FBI estimates.This means that out of our population in 2017 of an estimated 340 million, 11,000 criminals killed with a firearm. Let's assume they are part of the estimated 165 million firearm owners, that means that .0067% of firearm owners committed firearm murder in 2017 assuming one person one kill.(not true but is a worst case number it would be actually lower) and only .0028% of the owned firearms were used to murder.In conclusion this proves that any type of firearm ban would be insignificant on any number or crimes with a firearm and that another “Assault Weapons” ban will be just as ineffective as the prior ban. It also proves that firearm ownership is not the reason for crime. as the national average of criminal is estimated at 2% of total population. The firearm criminal is vastly less.Due to the above facts, I do not support any ban on any firearm as it is useless and a waste of time and money. We should instead look to enforce existing laws vigorously and without care of the “optics” that it may or may not create and hand down the maximum sentences for violence with a firearm and remove parole as an option involving firearm crimes. If any new laws are to be considered I would support 100% a law that creates a federal crime to use a firearm in a criminal activity and if convicted in a State court for such crime, that when the State handed down sentence is fully served then that sentence is again served in sufederal prison, so do 10 in the state pen then 10 Fed Hard Time. I guarantee you that the gang bangers will stop carrying firearms if they know they are looking at Federal hard time with no parole, after the State time. Get 7 do 14 if you use a gun, Period. We would be amazed at the sharp and drastic reduction in gun crime.IMHO