The TEC-9, the MAC-10, and the Colt AR-15...what do they have in common? As of Monday they are no longer banned semiautomatic assault rifles.
Legislation passed in 1994 outlawed the sale, importation, and manufacture of 19 semiautomatic weapons including those mentioned and the AK-47 and the Uzi. This assault weapon ban was allowed to expire Monday much to my dismay, yet much to the pleasure of the NRA.
Originally this legislation was brought about by the events in Waco, Texas in 1993 as well as the deaths of five children in Stockton, California in 1989 who were shot down in their schoolyard. Was this ban allowed to expire because there haven't been any such event recently?
Sure the law was limited and it may not have impacted sportsmen or gun dealers, it may not have curved the trend of violence much, but if it did change the trend even slightly, it was worth keeping in law.
If we learned nothing from Columbine it would be a disgrace. If Michael Moore taught us nothing with "Bowling for Columbine" so be it. But we should see the assault weapon ban as a step toward preventing gun crimes. If a step is all we can make, lets see it for what it is...a step toward making our every day lives a little less full of fear and a little more close to comfort.
It is not often that I look at an issue and cannot see two sides. It is not often that I see something as completely wrong, but with the expiration of the assault weapon ban, I do. Charleton Heston can get on his soapbox with an AK-47 in hand and rant about our 2nd amendment rights all he wants. What rights do we have when we're dead?