“Assault weapons are designed for one purpose,” says a new political ad paid for by supporters of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, “to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time.”
Yeah, well, suppose we buy that premise for a moment. In the hands of a good guy, that would mean an “assault weapon” is designed to kill a lot of BAD people in a short amount of time.
I don’t have a problem with that, especially since (a) there are more law-abiding gun owners than there are criminals and (b) a CDC study said that guns are used more frequently to thwart crime then they are are to perpetrate it.
I never tell people how to vote, but If I lived in Illinois, I’d seriously consider voting for Republican candidate Bruce Rauner simply because he wants to remove the ban on these commonly owned and widely popular firearms.
On a side note, one can also point out that whether they be bolt action or semi-automatic, are used in less than 3 percent of all gun-related homicides. Clearly, modern sporting rifles are not the scourge on society anti-gunners claim them to be (that’s not to say that other firearms are a scourge on society, but just to say that their reputation as implements of death is greatly overblown).