Richard Aborn, President of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, recently wrote an op-ed in the NY Daily News, which called for a ban against assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
More Americans have been killed in our country within in the last year by guns than all U.S. soldiers killed in all of the years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
... In virtually every single one of the mass shootings in America going back to the McDonald’s slaying in California in 1984, an assault weapon has been used and in every single one, one or multiple large capacity magazines have been used.
... The Newtown child-killer may or may not have used handguns, and not an assault weapon, to murder children. But wouldn’t you rather prevent the deaths you can prevent?
... In 1994, Congress passed the federal assault weapons ban. I know, I was there. Unbelievably, Congress caved and let it lapse in 2004. For no good reason at all.
... Ignore the nonsense that says there is nothing we can do. When to act? Tomorrow morning. How? For starters, the President can state that he will sign the ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Congress — embarrassed into action by the public, which is who they work for — can feel a pang of responsibility and reinstate the ban.
... A recent poll conducted in May by GOP pollster Frank Luntz for Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that generally gun owners overwhelmingly support a variety of laws designed to keep firearms out of dangerous hands.
... Among several findings, Luntz’s poll revealed that 74% of NRA members and 87% of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun. The poll also found that NRA members and non-affiliated gun owners support allowing states to determine concealed carry laws, as opposed to a national law, which is the NRA’s top agenda item.
... In other words, there is simply no excuse not to act. In fact, the opposite is true: There is now a solemn obligation to act and act fast. Let us not mince words.