17 September 2004 - Palm Springs Desert Sun
the amount of misinformation having been spread (and still being
spread) about the so-called “assault weapon” ban, I couldn’t in
good conscience let Irving Vigdor’s hastily-written
letter go without comment.
he states that the ban was on automatic weapons and then insinuates
that machine guns will be flooding our streets by the end of the
year. This is completely untrue – only semi-automatic weapons were
banned in 1994; automatic weapons have been illegal since 1934.
then asserts that “some of those weapons are going to be used against
our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, others in the U.S., and around
the world.” Is he suggesting that terrorists who operate in Afghanistan
and Iraq will come all the way to the US to buy semi-automatic rifles
just now made legal and take them all the way back to the Middle
East to use against our troops, when the terrorists have already
proven their ability over the years to obtain fully-automatic rifles
from other nations friendly to their cause?