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P R E S I D E N T ' S
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C O L U M N

James W. Porter ii, President

Admitting To The
"Assault Weapons Myth"

W

hen The New York Times published an op-ed thoroughly exposing the "Assault
Weapons Myth," the major players in the gun-ban movement blithely said they
were moving on, that a federal gun-ban was a "non-starter."
With that myth shattered, gun banners have simply regrouped to concentrate on their
new big lie-"universal background checks."
The Times piece was surprisingly accurate, with evidence from Justice Department
researchers and other academics who long-ago concluded the 1994 "assault weapons"
ban's effect on crime was "too small to measure." In reality, the issue was a massive fraud.
In her Sept. 14, 2014, analysis, Lois Beckett of ProPublica accurately dissects what I
would prefer to call a serial lie that led to the passage of u.s. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's and
(then) u.s. Rep. Chuck Shumer's 1994 "assault weapons" ban. It was, says Beckett, purely
political fiction, or as she put it, "... Democrats created and then banned a category
of guns they called 'assault weapons.'" These firearms, she writes "were presented by
the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals and which many in law
enforcement wanted to get off the streets."
None of that was true then, nor is it true today.
Beckett in this and subsequent pieces, validated nra's truth about what has been a
phony issue. My initial reaction was surprise, followed by anger.
Since all of this is and has been a "myth," what the hell has the last 30 years'
expenditure of time, emotion and money by millions of threatened Americans
been all about?
What about the loss of freedom of peaceable individual citizens in states like
New York, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Maryland where the "assault weapons
myth" led to real confiscatory bans with Draconian criminal penalties? What about all
those formerly law-abiding citizens who are now potential felons? These good citizens
are paying a heavy price for a "myth."
Beckett should go a few steps further and put human faces on victims of the
"Assault Weapons Myth."
Neither the Times, nor other major media that consistently amplified the big lie of
"assault weapons" over decades, even blinked over Beckett's revelations.
Huge damage has been done to countless citizens and the gun-ban crowd wants to
simply walk away saying, "Nevermind"?
Not to take anything away from Beckett-we hope she pursues the truth further-but
there is something else afoot here. With the gun-ban crowd's reaction-to take a walk on
this issue-they're now admitting that the "assault weapons" ban is a big rock tied around
their necks and they want to lose the loser.
From the get-go, the "assault weapons" issue was a self-fulfilling disaster for the
anti-Second Amendment crowd-simply because when it was enacted, honest
Americans went on a buying spree that has never abated. In terms of grassroots power
alone, that changed the dynamic.
The man initially responsible for the "assault weapons" fraud, Josh Sugarmann, who
founded the venomous Violence Policy Center, believed that banning handguns was

NRA OFFICERS

PRESIDENT
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS
Christopher W. Cox EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION
James W. Porter II
Allan D. Cors
Pete R. Brownell
Wayne LaPierre
Edward J. Land Jr.
Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
R. Kyle Weaver

impossible because there were just
too many of them in private hands.
"Assault weapons," he wrote, were the
perfect "new topic" because "few people can
envision a practical use for these weapons."
With your opposition and nra's
successful legislative action, the 1994 federal
ban as passed included an automatic sunset
provision under which it would vanish off
the books after 10 years, unless reenacted
by Congress.
During that decade, which predictably
saw no reduction in any crime, the ban
produced another result-a massive
consumer demand.
When the ban vanished off the
federal books in 2004, that demand
was exponential.
Where in the early 1990s only a handful
of companies produced the ar-15, there are
now thousands of companies producing
rifles, parts and accessories. There has
never been anything like the aftermarket
commerce for ars, which has become the
most popular rifle in history. With each
acquisition over the years, the firearm that
"few people can envision a practical use for"
has become ubiquitous.
Because of the ban, because of the big lie
and because of the likes of Dianne Feinstein
on a national level, Sugarmann's original
fear about handgun ownership-too many
in private hands to ban-now applies
equally to semi-automatic long guns.
As the new effort of the gun-ban lobby
to back away from their "myth" expands,
so will our opportunity to take back lost
ground. We must never let up in our efforts
to free all American gun owners from the
tyranny of the "assault weapons" big lie in
those states where gun owners suffer
against its anvil.

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