After a week of three high-profile mass shootings in El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH, and Gilroy, CA, the threat that assault rifles pose to American lives remains very clear, infers the editorial board of the New York Post. President Trump, like many Republicans, is bowing to the political influence of the NRA, rather than acting for the benefit of his country. These guns of war do not belong in the hands of everyday people. The writers of the Second Amendment didn’t know the carnage an AR-15 can cause in mere minutes. New York’s crackdown on guns saw major drops in crime. The rest of the country should follow suit.
A ban on assault weapons is not the way forward, Argues Charles W. Cooke of National Review. Most calls to ban them are coupled with a poor understanding of firearms. Banning guns based on rate of fire, muzzle velocity or categorization as an “assault weapon” as some suggest, could include the vast majority of less dangerous guns. Additionally, only 2 out of 5 Americans agree with banning assault rifles. Weapons like the AR-15, of which there are 8-15 million in the US, are used for self-defense and other non-dangerous ways by huge swathes of the population. These guns aren't the problem.