We would expect this kind of tripe from the New York Times or the Washington Post, but it’s a little surprising to see it emanate from The New York Post, which is usually a little more sensible when it comes to these things. We suppose that even conservatives in the Big Apple lose their minds when it comes to these mass shootings, though, because this editorial is a steaming pile of absolute nonsense – right up there with the worst of the gun-grabbing left’s activism. Calling on President Trump to “ban assault weapons now,” the editorial is riddled with logical errors, misleading “facts,” and ignorance.
The moment the Post’s Editorial Board recognized that there really is no such thing as an “assault weapon” – a fact they acknowledge in the piece itself – it should have given them a moment of clarity. If the thing they’re calling on Trump to ban doesn’t “actually describe a clear class of guns,” then what in the blue hell are you actually on about? Did you just think this made for a good time to virtue signal in the wake of two devastating mass shootings, or are you actually arguing for a policy?
Well, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, as they do go on to explain what it is they want Trump to ban. Such a law would take into consideration “factors like firepower – rate of fire, muzzle velocity, etc.” and would ignore “cosmetic features.” This would make it different than President Clinton’s assault weapons ban from 1994, which distinguished these rifles based almost solely on their cosmetic features. On the surface, this would seem to make more sense. But with just a little bit of knowledge, that sense falls apart like wet tissue paper. Because indeed, many, many guns are identical to AR-15s when it comes to “factors like firepower” and they would be utterly untouched by an “assault weapons ban.”
Absurdly, the Post’s editors say that their proposed ban would not violate the Second Amendment. See their explanation here: “The Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to own ‘guns in common use.’ That doesn’t cover the semiautomatic weapons regularly used only in mass shootings.”
Er, guys? The AR-15 (and its lookalikes) is one of the most popular guns in America. To imagine that these guns are ONLY used in mass shootings is to be disconnected from reality. If you want to make an argument for banning these weapons, go for it. But let’s stick with the truth, shall we?