Congressional Democrats plan to introduce national gun buyback legislation for “assault weapons.”
The measure is titled, “Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act.” It will be put forward by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
According to The Hill, the measure will differ from local gun buybacks in that those turning in weapons will receive a tax break rather than cash.
DeLauro explained: “Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for the battlefield.”
DeLauro did not note that M4 carbines–the AR-15 variant that is actually designed for the battlefield–operates in full auto or in three-round automatic bursts. The AR-15s sold to civilians are simply semi-automatic rifles that are difficult to shoot accurately if fired rapidly.
This is a mistake Democrats have made again and again since Adam Lanza’s attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. They fail to understand that the reason he was able to kill so many people was not because he stole and possessed an AR-15, but because his targets were unarmed. He chose to attack in a gun free zone for a reason.
But DeLauro and other Democrats are stuck in rut when it comes to trying to get rid of the AR-15, so they plan to offer “up to $2,000 in tax breaks” for those who turn them in.
She will be introducing the bill in conjunction with National Public Health Week.
Co-sponsors for DeLauro’s bill include “Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).”
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