A positive story on the AWB Sunset


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Wingshooter
September 10, 2004, 10:25 AM
The local Fox station in DFW had a story on the AWB sunset; but unlike the ABC story discussed on a different thread here, it was actually positive.

I love it when a story starts out referring to the law as the "so called assault weapon ban." They showed a pre and post ban AR and pointed out that the only differences were cosmetic. The police officer they were interviewing (from DeSoto if I remember correctly) pointed out the only difference was the flash suppressor and bayonet lug. Stated that the functional aspects were the same and that all the statistics he had seen showed that no, or very few, weapons of this sort were actually used in the commission of crimes.

It basically showed the law for what it was, feel good legislation that is basically inneffective. At least that is the way it appeared to me. Shaun Rabb was the reporter and their website is www.fox4news.com , unfortunately they don't have a link to the story. I'll keep my eyes peeled and if I see it posted I'll forward it. I will probably send him a thank you note for the nice story as well.

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OF
September 10, 2004, 10:29 AM
You know, I can't help but get this feeling that all this emphasis on the fact that the AWB did nothing 'substantial' or 'effective' because it was cosmetic, and the guns banned are functionally identical the post-bans is going to come back and bite us on the arse.

It's not like it would be OK if the ban actually managed to ban military-style rifles...ugh. I understand that the angle is important as an argument against this specific piece of legislative garbage, but we have to be careful what we wish for...

- Gabe

Dave R
September 10, 2004, 11:29 AM
That was a rare and wonderful news story on the AWB. Wish the big networks had picked that one up.

Nobody mentions the big study that was done, which shows the AWB had zero impact on crime rates. Anyone recall who commissioned that study?

Ukraine Train
September 10, 2004, 11:40 AM
Anyone recall who commissioned that study?

It was the CDC of all places. Kinda funny how even an organization that's against guns can't even prove that the law works.

Oktagon
September 10, 2004, 12:08 PM
That's a bit of good news.

Archangel
September 10, 2004, 12:36 PM
The Justice department also had a study, I want to say it was in 1996-ish, to study the effects of the ban, in which they admitted that the use in crime of guns classified as assault weapons was already so low before the ban that it fell withing the realm of statistical error.

Andrew Rothman
September 10, 2004, 01:38 PM
The study was published in 1999 by the National Institute of Justice, part of the the Clinton-era U.S. Department of Justice. It covered 1994-1996. Read it here (http://www.mikecaswell.com/173405.pdf).

Info courtesy of http://www.awbansunset.com, which tells us that...

http://www.mikecaswell.com/awcountdown_sm.gif

(smirk)

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williegee
September 10, 2004, 03:56 PM
I saw that report on TV last night. I was shocked, to say the least. Shocked that they actually acknowledged that the AWB was meaningless.

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