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The bump stock ban is among several proposals Trump has made to tighten gun control after the Florida shooting, such as improving reporting to the background check system and raising the legal age for purchasing assault-style weapons from 18 to 21. Even if all these efforts were successful, it’s unclear just how much of an effect they would have — because they do little to quickly address the core problem behind US gun violence.
The US is unique in two key — and related — ways when it comes to guns: It has way more gun deaths than other developed nations, and it has far more guns than any other country in the world.
The US has nearly six times the gun homicide rate of Canada, more than seven times that of Sweden, and nearly 16 times that of Germany, according to United Nations data compiled by the Guardian. (These gun deaths are a big reason America has a much higher overall homicide rate, which includes non-gun deaths, than other developed nations.) A chart shows America’s disproportionate levels of gun violence. Javier Zarracina/Vox Mass shootings actually make up a small fraction of America’s gun deaths, constituting less than 2 percent of such deaths in 2016.
originally posted by: InTheLight
Just curious, I own a semi-automatic rifle, which I do not consider to be an assault weapon, what are we talking about here...semi-automatic machine gun-type weapons?
originally posted by: mamabeth
a reply to: InTheLight
My understanding was all semi automatics.
AR-15 rifles and their cousins are among the nation’s most popular and profitable weapons. The AR-15 fires one bullet with each pull of the trigger — thus, semiautomatic — but it is easily modified to shoot continuously until the trigger is released. A promotion for a $500 conversion device assures customers that a “new drop-in trigger promises to turn your basic AR into a (nearly) full-auto rifle, with no need for the onerous National Firearms Act licensing process.”
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: network dude
is it just "assault" weapons you want banned, or ALL weapons? I am genuinely curious.
We can start with assault guns and then move on to assault wet willies and assault purple nurples because: feelz.