Let's not veer off the topic at hand. Obviously some have a problem with the term "assault weapons". Fair enough. Maybe a automatic weapons is a better term or perhaps the terminology should be debated in another thread altogether.
We have a problem in this country with mass murder shootings. That's a fact.
Nobody's talking about taking anybody's guns away or restricting 2nd ammendment rights. This is about addressing the serious problem in our country with mass murder shootings. Consider these facts cited in a Mother Jones article entitled "A Guide to Mass Shootings in America"
Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country. This does not include crimes primarily related to armed robbery or gang activity.
Of the 142 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. Over 70 percent of the guns used were semi automatic handguns.
Half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings; the other 31 cases took place in locations including shopping malls, restaurants, government buildings, and military bases. 44 of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman. The average age of the killers was 35, though the youngest among them was 11 years old.
Whether you own a gun or not. What can we do to address this problem?