Ban The Public Sale and Use of Assault Weapons

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Enough is enough.

A shooting in a historic district of Dayton, Ohio, with nine people killed and 27 injured.
A shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with 22 people killed and at least 24 wounded. It was the deadliest shooting of the year.
A shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three people killed and 15 injured.
A shooting at a Brooklyn block party, with one person killed and 11 injured.
A shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, with two people killed and two injured.

Over 100 people injured or killed.

The deadliest mass shooting in US history in my hometown, with my friends in the crowd, October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas. 58 people killed and 422 wounded, and the ensuing panic brought the injury total to 851. 

The assault included 24 firearms in total, including:

14 .223-caliber AR-15-type rifles
8 .308-caliber AR-10-type rifles
.308-caliber Ruger American bolt-action rifle
.38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 342 AirLite TI revolver

It’s time to put a ban on the public use of assault weapons. The conceal and carry laws give the public a way to protect themselves, but no one can protect you from assault weapons. 

As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

The last time the mass shooting toll topped days of the year was 2016, which had 382 mass shootings — the most in any year since the Gun Violence Archive started keeping track. The past two years came close, with 346 mass shootings in 2017 and 340 in 2018.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 made the manufacture and civilian use of a defined set of automatic and semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines illegal. The ban expired in 2004. During the ban, Mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur during the federal ban period.

Take a stand and help ban the sale of assault weapons to the public. 

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