In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the buzz among the Left is an assault weapons ban as the fix to stop future mass shootings. They aren’t willing to arm teachers or hire trained veterans to protect schools. The Left wants that pesky AR-15 out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Then, and only then, will the gun violence problem in America be solved.
But not so fast.
Newsbusters dug up some footage from a 1999 edition of 60 Minutes, which aired four months after the Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Reporter Lesley Stahl said that then-President Clinton’s assault weapons ban in 1994 did nothing to stop the Columbine shooters from using those weapons in the massacre:
“When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot their way into Columbine High School in Colorado a few months ago, one of the guns in their arsenal was a powerful pistol called a TEC-9. That’s one of the guns supposedly outlawed by the assault-weapons ban, passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton back in 1994. So how were they able to get ahold of a banned gun? Well, as we found when we first aired this story in 1995, this ban wasn’t really a ban at all. One gun dealer in Kentucky, Bill Perkins, went so far as to call the law a joke.”
The segment continued with the interview with Perkins who said Clinton was the best gun salesman at that time. He knows, as we all do, that when Democrats start talking about gun control, gun sales skyrocket, flooding the U.S. with they types of weapons the government wants no one to own. That’s what happened in the mid-90s and that’s why Klebold and Harris had access.
To think the same thing won’t happen under a new assault weapons ban is ludicrous. Those weapons already exist in high volume and if any legislation against them is even hinted at, gun owners will stock up. Inevitably, those guns could be used in future mass shootings. However, the extreme majority will not and that is lost on all the gun grabbers. They won’t rest until they think they’ve banned the guns they hate most and will be surprised when one is used in a horrible crime.
Until then, the media and its leftist cohorts will continue to push a plan that will never work, nor ever has worked, and they don't care.