Banning Assault And Semiautomatic Weapons

1086 WordsDec 4, 20165 Pages
Banning Assault and Semiautomatic Weapons Assault style or automatic weapons have been a common denominator in almost all fatal mass shootings. It is unnecessary for civilians to purchase automatic weapons for non-military use. If there was a ban on the purchasing of militarized weapons by civilians, it would decrease the number of fatal mass shootings drastically. Statistics show that in 2015, there were 372 mass shootings, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870. Also in 2015, there were 64 school shootings, that number include incidents where a firearm was shot but no one was injured. There are roughly 300 million guns in the United States, which is about a third of the population. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Council on Foreign Affairs reported that "11,385 people died on average annually in firearm incidents in the U.S. between 2001 and 2011." During the 1980 's and 1990 's, there were numerous mass shootings that involved automatic weapons. An example of one of the first mass shootings in the U.S. occurred in 1989. Patrick Purdy returned to his elementary school in Stockton, California armed with an AKS rifle, which is similar to the AK-47, and opened fire. He killed 5 children and wounded 30 others, and then turned the gun on himself. One of the most horrific mass murders in the history of the United States was in San Ysidro, California in a McDonald 's. James Huberty killed 21 people and wounded 19 others. The weapon he used was an Uzi carbine, which is a

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