Students gather for “March for Our Lives” marches across the country and the world in the wake of yet another school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida. These students are leading the demands for legislative action, saying “enough is enough”. One of their main demands, which has had wide public support for years, is to ban assault weapons. The latest (February, 20, 2018) Quinnipiac Poll shows 67% support a national ban on assault weapons, and 97% support universal background checks.
It is well known that the reason Congress refuses to reinstate the assault weapons ban is because of the money they receive from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
In a March 12, 2018, letter from Senator Chuck Grassley in response to my urging him to support reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, he wrote:
“In response to tragedies like this, there are often calls to ban all guns, to ban the specific type of weapon that was used in the most recent shooting, or to ban so-called “assault weapons.” Such bans would be unconstitutional or ineffective.”
In February of this year yet another Federal court case ruled that Senator Grassley and others are wrong. “A federal appeals court has ruled that the assault weapons banned by the state of Maryland are not protected under the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and 10-round magazines has been upheld. The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia ruled: ‘we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war’.”
The Federal Assault Weapons ban was passed in 1994 and survived multiple challenges in court. Unfortunately it was not renewed when it expired in 2004.
Now is the time to reinstate the assault weapons ban.
The video below is an update on gun violence policy by the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Islamic Society of North America. #marchforourlives #prayerandpolicy