“Ten years of deception is finally over,” declared Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) this morning, as the decade-old ban on production of certain semi-automatic firearms has come to an end.
Passed in 1994, the law did not ban possession of so-called “assault rifles,” but merely prevented the continued production of such firearms, based solely on cosmetic features, not caliber or function. Ownership of pre-ban firearms continued, and production of new guns without such features as bayonet lugs, collapsible stocks or flash suppressors has flourished.
“The ban, in a nutshell, was one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated by anti-gunners on the American public in the history of this nation,” Gottlieb stated. “Studies by the Centers for Disease and Control, and for the National Institute of Justice, strongly suggest the ban had a negligible effect, if any, on crime. Ultimately, this ban – passed in the heyday of the Clinton Administration – was proven to be nothing more than symbolic in nature. America has matured in the post-9/11 world, and we expect substance over symbolism, not only in the interest of national security, but also in our efforts to guarantee public safety.
“The absurdity of supporters for this failed abomination against our firearm civil rights has become evident in recent months,” Gottlieb continued. “Proponents of the ban have been spreading fear and hysteria, insisting for example that perpetuation of this fraud is now necessary to keep guns from falling into the hands of terrorists.
“Sadly,” Gottlieb reflected, “enforcement of this ban has distracted law enforcement from far more important responsibilities. And there’s something else. This law, like many gun control laws, focused on firearms and their appearance instead of focusing on criminals and their crimes. The American public has wised up, and has turned its back on the bankrupt ‘blame the gun’ mentality. It is only the die-hard extremists who cling to the past. It is time for the nation to move forward.
“America now understands that the problem is not what a common criminal or terrorist lunatic has in his hands, but in his heart,” Gottlieb concluded. “If this ban proved anything, it’s that legislating against the rights of law-abiding citizens never stopped a single criminal from breaking the law.”