Bob Owens

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Assault rifles have been banned for 27 years. So why are politicians and the media lying to you?

Written By: Bob - Jan• 18•13

It pains me to say this, my fellow Americans, but people who want your trust have been lying to you about assault rifles, and shamelessly at that.

Adam Lanza did not use an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jacob Roberts did not use an assault rifle at the Clackamas Town Center Mall, near Happy Valley, Oregon.

James Holmes did not use an assault rifle in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

When you hear the Huffington Post, or CBS News, or the Associated Press or any number of other news organizations blaming a crime on a legally-owned assault rifle, they are lying to you, as are the politicians they feature in front of their cameras.

Here’s are two facts the media and most politicians will go out of the way to ignore or obscure.

  1. Legally-owned assault rifles have never been used to commit murder in the United States.
  2. No assault rifles have been made for public purchase in 27 years.

These are bold statements, and may appear to you to be fantastic, but they are entirely, unimpeachably, true.

Let’s look at the last claim first.

No assault rifles have been made for public purchase in 27 years

In 1986, Congress passed the Firearm Owner’s Protection Act. One provision of that act was the so-called Hughes Amendment. Take it away, Wikipedia:

As debate for FOPA was in its final stages in the House before moving on to the Senate, Rep. William J. Hughes (D-N.J.) proposed several amendments including House Amendment 777 to H.R. 4332 [4] that would ban a civilian from ownership or transfer rights of any fully automatic weapon which was not registered as of May 19, 1986. The amendment also held that any such weapon manufactured and registered before the May 19 cutoff date could still be legally owned and transferred by civilians.

In the morning hours of April 10, 1986, the House held recorded votes on three amendments to FOPA in Record Vote No’s 72, 73, and 74. Recorded Vote 72 was on H.AMDT. 776, an amendment to H.AMDT 770 involving the interstate sale of handguns; while Recorded Vote 74 was on H.AMDT 770, involving primarily the easing of interstate sales and the safe passage provision. Recorded Vote 74 was the controversial Hughes Amendment that called for the banning of machine guns. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), at the time presiding as Chairman over the proceedings, claimed that the “amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended, was agreed to.” However, after the voice vote on the Hughes Amendment, Rangel ignored a plea to take a recorded vote and moved on to Recorded Vote 74 where the Hughes Amendment failed.[5][6] The bill, H.R. 4332, as a whole passed in Record Vote No: 75 on a motion to recommit. Despite the controversial amendment, the Senate, in S.B. 49, adopted H.R. 4332 as an amendment to the final bill. The bill was subsequently passed and signed on May 19, 1986 by President Ronald Reagan to become Public Law 99-308, the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act.

It was dirty, sleazy, dishonest politics that is still very much disputed and argued about today, but the point stands: firearms capable of automatic fire were banned from being manufactured for public sale back when Val Kilmer was “Iceman” and Madonna was still newly-married to Sean Penn.

If assault rifles and other machine guns have been banned that long, it kind of makes you wonder… what are they trying to ban?

Legally-owned assault rifles have never been used to commit murder in the United States

Does this shock you? It shouldn’t. It’s simple math.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Feb. 14, 1929. One of the last mass murders using legal machine guns in U.S. history.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Feb. 14, 1929. One of the last mass murders using legal machine guns in U.S. history.

During the gang wars of the 1920s and early 1930s, bloody gangland shootouts inspired the National Firearms Act of 1934, to impose a tax (and substantial controls) over the sale of automatic weapons and destructive devices. It has been incredibly effective in removing legally-purchased firearms from the criminal element of society. Since that time, there have been only one confirmed and one possible murder with legally-acquired automatic weapons, and that one confirmed murder was when a corrupt police officer used his department-issued M-11 submachine pistol to murder an informant.

The first assault rifle, the German Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44) wasn’t invented for another ten years after the NFA was passed.

So what’s going on? It’s classic misdirection, a simple magician’s trick. The media and politicians lead you to believe that they want to ban this…

…even though these appear in real life only in the movies, and have never been connected to a single murder in the United States since legal assault rifles were invented, and have been banned from being manufactured for public sale for 27 years.

Instead, what they’re actually trying to ban is this…

…filmed in it’s most natural environment, on the firing line at a rifle range, at a normal, functional rate of aimed fire of one round every 3-4 seconds.

It’s horrible to be lied to. So why do Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Bloomberg, Gov. Cuomo—all protected by men with guns, some of which are the former, and not the latter—continue to try to confuse you on their real agenda of civilian disarmament? Why do the media, from Fox News, the Associated Press, the New York Times, etc., continue to try to conflate one with the other?

I’ll pass along a hint: there are two words in “gun control,” and it isn’t really about the guns.

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  1. Bill says:

    They’re redefining what an assaut rifle is. NY for instance calls an assault rifle, “any semi-automatic version of anautomatic rifle” in the new bill.

    It’s absolute horseshit.

  2. Comrade X says:

    “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
    – Joseph Stalin

  3. Comrade X says:

    “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”
    – Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6 1938

  4. Comrade X says:

    U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

  5. Comrade X says:

    “Like me you were probably watching the president’s gun control speech today. Was told this morning the presentation today was a revised version that was completed just last night after a bunch of back and forth between the White House and Senate leaders. Guessing that would be Harry Reid mostly. Last week the president was ready to go all in on the executive order scenario. Confiscation was going to be in play. Then the backlash came and it forced Obama to back off. He didn’t want to but after Reid said it was a no go, and the NRA was preparing to go to war with the White House, the president was given a revised script and that is what we heard this morning. You could tell too. Obama stumbled over the words more than usual. He didn’t have the time to prep the script like he normally does. Probably fuming he was forced to read the new version….

  6. agimarc says:

    You know, I am wondering if the current festivities are already over. With the advent of 3D printing and computerized milling, all open systems driven, we are very close to the place where any single individual has the ability to manufacture ANY weapon / enhancement out of a recipe downloaded from somewhere online.

    I think they are trying to close the barn door after all the animals have escaped. If they think they are going to federally control bulk purchase of plastic and metal and springs for a nation of 330 million people, they are out of their minds.

    Another happy thought. Cheers –

  7. Lazarus Long says:

    The young gentleman in video number two could use an Appleseed weekend to get rid of some bad habits.

  8. Mr Evilwrench says:

    You notice, they always use the specious term “assault weapon”, which could just as well be the candlestick Col Mustard used in the dining room, vs actually saying “assault rifle”, which they may or may not understand has a specific definition. Words mean things, you know.

  9. To a liberal, an ‘assault weapon’ is a 1st grader pointing his finger and saying ‘BANG.’