There’s a reason why nearly 100 million Americans own guns. There is a very real and rational concern that the U.S. government will become the tyrannical overlord that we fear, and will try to confiscate our legally owned firearms. And with the recent decision not to hear the gun ban case from New York and Connecticut, our fears are much more realize than ever before.
Matt Palumbo reports that the gun control crowd got a minor victory today.
While the prospects of a Federal semi-automatic weapons ban are slim, that isn’t stopping some liberal States from instituting their own. New York and Connecticut are two States with their own semi-automatic weapons ban, and they had been recently challenged, the case making its way all up to the Supreme Court.
Now, following the horrific massacre in Orlando, the challenge to those bans has failed. It’s hard not to speculate that the timing was coincidental.
The Washington Times reports:
The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in response to another mass shooting involving a semi-automatic weapon, the elementary school attack in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly turned away challenges to gun restrictions since two landmark decisions that spelled out the right to a handgun to defend one’s own home.
In December, less than a month after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented when the court refused to hear an appeal to overturn a Chicago suburb’s ban on assault weapons. Scalia died in February.
Seven states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning assault weapons. The others are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In addition, Minnesota and Virginia regulate assault weapons, the center said.
By the way, we once had a Federal assault weapons ban, and that didn’t do much. A study prepared at the University of Pennsylvania for the Department of Justice in 2004 found that “Because the ban has not yet reduced the use of LCMs in crime, we cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence” and also that “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. LCMs are involved in a more substantial share of gun crimes, but it is not clear how often the outcomes of gun attacks depend on the ability of offenders to fire more than ten shots (the current magazine capacity limit) without reloading.”
There you have it – studies commissioned by the government themselves can’t even find evidence that weapons bans work.