BSH wrote:But all this is a straw man, anyway. The question for an "assault weapon" ban is, is it narrowly tailored to serve a legitimate public interest? Evidence says no. There is no evidence that such a law would change crime or homicides in any measurable way. The NIJ said as much in evaluating the President's gun control proposals.
Are you referring to this NIJ report:https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/ ... ?ID=204431
I think you're overstating their conclusions.
"Hard to measure" doesn't mean "no effect".
Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.
"rare" in this means relative to the outrageous number of gun crimes in this country. Events like those in Newtown are rare, but anybody with a shred of empathy should want them to be even rarer.
They go on:
Nonetheless, reducing criminal use of AWs and especially LCMs could have nontrivial effects on gunshot victimizations. The few available studies suggest that attacks with semiautomatics – including AWs and other semiautomatics equipped with LCMs – result in more shots fired, more persons hit, and more wounds
inflicted per victim than do attacks with other firearms. Further, a study of handgun attacks in one city found that 3% of the gunfire incidents resulted in more than 10 shots fired, and those attacks produced almost 5% of the gunshot victims.