Young Katelyn Francis:
In 1994 Bill Clinton approved an assault weapons ban. The ban was not just for assault weapons; it also covered any magazines holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition. It also banned guns that had certain characteristics.
…The crime rates during the ban were not reduced. The last year the ban was in effect, 5.7 out of every 100,000 deaths were from gun related crimes (Lott).”We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence” (Ban on Assault Weapons). In the study done by the U.S. Department of Justice, they found that “The ban has failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims”(Roth). This clearly shows that even with a ban on assault weapons, the crime rates did not go down.
…The government seemed very concerned with banning assault weapons for no reason. The government thought that assault weapons are big and scary because they have the ability to “spray” bullets everywhere and because they can hold a large number of bullets. Assault weapons are the same as hunting rifles. The government has done nothing to take hunting rifles away. Criminals hardly ever use rifles in crimes; they use handguns. You hardly ever hear about murders caused by rifles because they rarely happen and are very uncommon. Criminals do not use them because they are so big and hard to conceal. If there has been a decrease in the violence involved with guns, the change is so small that there is no point in measuring it because there will be little movement in the crime rates dealing with guns.
…The facts have shown that the ban did nothing to stop or even slow down violent crimes with guns. The facts and statistics do not lie. Crime rates during the ban did not go down. Crime rates after the ban actually went down. The ban was pointless because criminals do not use rifles in crime anyway. Criminals go to gun free zones to kill. Criminals will always find a way to commit violent crimes. It is the criminal that commits violent crimes, not the tools they use.