AMERICA’S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS MUST STOP FEEDING CULTURE OF DEATH

In just the latest chapter, there are 10 dead in Greater Minnesota, and the toll from multiple shootings this year is going through the roof.

For Immediate Release:
03-22-2005

Contact  Communications:
(202) 898-0792

Washington D.C. – The bloody attack on a Native American high school yesterday can’t be viewed as an isolated incident. Though the motivations of the young killer are as of yet unknown, his rampage becomes another entry on a growing list of news reports on horrific gun violence and reports on the ready availability of ever-deadlier weapons.

“In recent months, we have seen horrible shooting attacks in shopping malls, office buildings, courthouses, the homes of judges, private hunting lands and it seems like every other kind of place we like to believe is safe,” said Brady Campaign and Million Mom March President Michael Barnes. “And we’re deluged with reports about legal guns that can shoot down airplanes, guns designed to kill police wearing body armor, and the FBI being forced to watch as terrorist suspects arm themselves with firearms.”

“Our leaders are preaching about the culture of life,” Barnes said. “They should spend the same amount of energy taking steps to stop our nation’s culture of death.”

In Red Lake, Minnesota, America yesterday suffered the worst school related shooting incident since the Columbine shootings in April of 1999. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvanian, a frustrated mayor is urging the state’s Governor and legislature to help stem the tide of violence. In Atlanta, a beloved judge, an innocent court reporter and a veteran police officer were laid to rest. In Tyler, Texas, a brutal spouse killed his wife and a bystander and wounded his son with an AK-47 copycat weapon.

In Washington D.C., by contrast, lawmakers have allowed the Federal assault weapons ban to expire, limited law enforcement investigations of gun sellers, mandated the immediate destruction of records of gun sales, and stand poised to make it impossible for victims of gun violence to seek justice against reckless gun sellers in the courts.

“We need to do more to make sure our communities  — and especially our young people — are safe from gun violence,” said Kate Havelin, President of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Million Mom March chapter. “Today I hope all of us think of those who died, those who were injured, and all of those whose lives have been changed because of gun violence.”

“When will our leaders have enough?” asked Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign. “When will the government do something to help stop the bloodshed? Red Lake sends all of America’s mothers and fathers a message about how vulnerable all of our children are.”

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As the nation’s largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March is dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities.

Will the House Join the Senate’s Unholy Alliance with the NRA?

Despite the efforts of our Senate allies, a majority in the United States Senate, eager to accommodate the wishes of NRA and gun corporation lobbyists, voted recently to strip the legal rights of victims of gun violence and give sweeping legal immunity to reckless and unsavory gun dealers. The seven-year struggle isn’t over yet; the bill (HR 800) still has to pass the House of Representatives.

Help us continue this struggle for the rights of gun violence victims in the House.

Click here to send an email to your U.S. Representative urging him/her to: OPPOSE H.R. 800, the companion bill to S. 397.

Now that this legislation is out in the bright sunlight, the media is helping us to expose it for what it is: a giveaway to the gun corporations.

The NRA can be defeated. Just as the Senate was passing the gun industry immunity bill, Illinois Governor Blagojevich, joined by Chicago Mayor Daley, signed legislation that will help prevent terrorists and criminals from buying guns at gun shows in Illinois. The NRA went to extremes in opposing this legislation, but because of all of the good work of our chapters, allies in Illinois and good folks like you, it is now law.

The NRA is in the White House

The NRA is in the White House

CALL PRESIDENT BUSH TODAY

(202) 456-1414
tell him to Veto S. 397!

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming passed legislation to give sweeping legal immunity to greedy gun corporations and reckless gun dealers, essentially placing the entire gun industry beyond the bounds of civil liability law.

This tragic capitulation to the special interest gun lobby is yet another unbelievable example of how much power the NRA wields in the halls of Congress.

Though the White House has stated its support for the bill, we must let the President know that the NRA does not speak for the majority of Americans.

As the the New York Times said earlier this week,

“President Bush talked favorably about the assault weapons ban as a candidate, but was notoriously mute when the Republican Congress let the ban expire last year.

Surely he would not compound the nation’s gun scourge by signing the immunity bill.”


If the President does turn his back on gun violence victims and signs the bill, the Brady Legal Action Project is ready to attack the new law’s constitutionality.

As Dennis Henigan, LAP’s Director said,

“Congress can pass it. The President can sign it. But this shameful law will not stand.

We will challenge the constitutionality of this special interest extravaganza in every court where the rights of gun violence victims are being threatened.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  1. Call President Bush Today: (202) 456-1414.
    Tell Him to “Veto S. 397.”
  2. Click here to donate $25 to the Brady Center Legal Action Project — your tax-deductible contribution will allow us to fight this new law in court and keep defending the rights of victims of gun violence.
  3. Send this email to everyone in your address book. We must act now. Every call, every donation, makes a difference.

So please, make the call and consider a donation. We have to let President Bush know that this is a bad law — reckless gun dealers don’t deserve special legal protections!

How has gun violence affected your life?

How has gun violence affected your life?

Responses gathered at the The Village Voices’ recent Siren Music Festival in Coney Island
On Labor Day 2005 I lost the love of my life, my best friend and husband to a driveby. It was mistaken identity.
– Anonymous
A teacher in my community was shot by her husband. Gun availability made the heinous crime possible.
– Anonymous
I had a friend whose brother was shot and killed when he was in eighth grade because a student brought a gun to school.
– Anonymous
A college friend was shot and killed while visiting his family on spring break. He was ambushed at a stop light and killed with a gun his murderers bought on the street.
– Anonymous
My close friend’s father was murdered by an illegal gun in October 2004 on 16th and Newton St, NE, Washington.
– Mark Slattery
A popular, happy, smart kid in my high school killed himself with a shotgun he found in his house on the first day of school. No one expected it and I always wonder if it still would have happened if his father hadn’t owned that gun.
– Anonymous
I am a 44 year old rape survivor. If the gun was not present I would have had the ability to help myself better. I have worked hard to recover from this. Life is good.
– Annmarie
My cousin was playing basketball in a community tournament when he was hit in his right temple by a stray bullet. He and others died by accident.
– Anonymous

When we were 15 years old, a friend of mine took a gun from a friend’s house and shot another friend in the head accidentally. She died.
– Anonymous

I lost my brother-in-law, who was a parole officer for the city of New York. He was shot point blank. He was going in for an arrest for a parolee who was wanted for pistol whipping an 80 year old woman. He was 32.
– Anonymous

When I was in the 8th grade, a good friend accidentally shot his cousin, 2 weeks before graduation. The two were playing and one ended dead. I will never forget the boys or the feeling that overcame me to know that I had lost a friend as a result of a misplaced gun.
– Anonymous

On Gun Advocates Posing As “Victims” Of “Bigotry” Rather Than Holders Of Really Bad Ideas

For regular readers of the gun blogosphere, the meme of some gun advocates posing as “victims” of the so-called “bigtory” of people who disagree with them is not new.

Sebastian, for example, wrote a coda to Friday’s back-and-forth over a piece written last week by columnist Mark Morford, with Sebastian invoking the “bigotry” defense of gun advocates versus people who effectively argue against them.

In fact, the notion of “bigotry” is perhaps the pillar upon which the National Rifle Associationitself has built its whole bogus empire.  That is: “Aren’t you mad at those coastal elites who look down their noses at you and your ‘way of life’?  You should be mad as hell.  GET MAD AS HELL AT THOSE ELITES!  Donate to us today.”

That’s basically the NRA’s pitch in a nutshell.

Some adherents of this mantra have taken it to bizarre extremes, in fact, likening their position to African-Americans in the Civil Rights movement.  No, not kidding.  Look at this latest stemwinder by Joe from Idaho.  (Note to Joe, Brady blog posts under the NewsWatch label are by Brady staff other than Paul Helmke.  Paul posts under his own name.)

In order to think this way, the key assumption such gun advocates have to make is that their guns and gun use are functionally identical to race, or sexual orientation — such that one’s status as a gun advocate is essentially an immutable characteristic.

From that flows the conclusion that anyone who disagrees with the effects of their gun advocacy — such as forcing families and children to accept semi-automatic pistols or assault weapons in the local Starbucks or other restaurant — is the same as those who refused service to African-Americans at a Woolworth’s lunch counter.

It is mind-boggling, but you’ve got to hand it to them: It takes a very skilled strategist to perform the social ju-jitsu necessary to turn what is, in essence, armed political bullying into victimization (after community members reject their tactics) and get others to nod their heads in agreement.

The truth, of course, is that guns and gun carrying are obviously not immutable characteristics of people, and that the whole cultural framework around the issue of gun violence prevention is a sham. (Brady Center Vice-President Dennis Henigan has exposed this most recently hereand here.)

Guns are guns.  They are tools designed to kill people, and are clearly the best tool for the job.  In America each year guns are used to fulfill their function 30,000 times, while injuring another 80,000.

Yet regardless of what NRA propaganda might have us believe, Americans are not born with guns in our hands, and the regulation of where guns can be carried; what kinds of guns should be out of civilian hands; how guns should be stored; and whether suspected terrorists, felons, fugitives, wife-beaters or the dangerously mentally ill should be screened out of the gun-buying process by the strongest possible background check, have absolutely nothing to do with “culture” or “bigotry.”

It has everything to do with public safety, public health and common sense.

That, of course, is why gun advocates who oppose gun regulation of any kind — led by NRA strategists — do all they can to cloak themselves in the mantle of “civil rights,” pretend they’ve suffered trials even remotely equivalent to racial segregation and homophobia, and pose as “victims” of “bigotry” whenever people interested in a peaceful community free from the constant presence of guns so powerfully and effectively call out gun advocates on their political bully tactics.

There will always be some individuals who dislike other individuals for who they are.  But when it comes to gun policy in this country, calling for a gun violence prevention safety net is not hatred for people with guns.

It is a hatred for the effects of guns in the hands of dangerous people who never should have had them in the first place, bound to the deep empathy we have for victims and survivors of gun violence who will never get their loved ones back, and fueled by a fierce determination to reduce as many of those horrific stories as we possibly can.

“Gun Rights” and Political Violence

The rage from the right directed at the Obama Administration, and particularly the health care reform legislation, has long been ugly. It’s now becoming poisonous, and dangerous. Threats of violence have been made against Congressional supporters of health care reform, most recently Washington State Senator Patty Murray. Bricks have been thrown through the windows of local Democratic Party headquarters from New York to Kansas to Arizona. We are seeing a resurgence of right wing militia groups training for war against the government.

It is too easy for politicians and political commentators to treat our increasingly incendiary political atmosphere as a product merely of disparate extremist individuals and groups on the fringes of our political system. Treating the problem as the product of a relatively few misguided individuals with bizarre violent fantasies misses a far more troubling reality. What we are seeing is the acting out of an ideology of violence as a tool of political power that has long had a home on the American right – particularly in the “gun rights” movement dominated by the National Rifle Association.

The central theme of that ideology is that the importance of the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” in the Second Amendment is not limited to private self-defense or hunting, but far more importantly includes the potential for an armed citizenry to resist the government. According to this view, the Second Amendment deters government overreaching by creating an ever-present threat of violent resistance. Some years ago, an NRA official put it this way, “the Second Amendment . . . is literally a loaded gun in the hands of the people held to the heads of government.”

Echoes of the NRA’s insurrectionist rhetoric can be heard from the leaders of the gun activists who plan to converge on Washington, D.C. on April 19, a date with great emotional resonance for the “gun rights” movement and, for different reasons, for the rest of us. It is both the anniversary of Lexington/Concord and of the tragic federal assault on the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas in 1993. It also is the anniversary of what was, to that date, the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history – Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh, as we know now, saw himself as the embodiment of the Second Amendment right to use violence against government overreaching – for him, the Waco tragedy was evidence of government “tyranny” sufficient to justify insurrection. Consider now the words of Skip Coryell, the founder of the Second Amendment March set for April 19 in the Nation’s Capital, as he justifies threats of armed force against elected officials:

“We the people have been exercising our First Amendment right to the hilt. We’re screaming! We’re protesting! We’re faxing! We’re phoning and marching and yelling….But still…they ignore us….There are a lot of people out there like me who will no longer tolerate the arrogance of politicians who ignore us….And here’s the million-dollar question: What happens if the First Amendment fails?…When the government ignores the First Amendment, it is time to rattle the Second Amendment sabers…As long as our elected officials believe we will rise up and overthrow them under certain conditions, then they will not allow those conditions to occur. Their jobs and their very lives depend on it.”

In other words, if we use the First Amendment to try to persuade our elected officials to our point of view, and we fail, then it’s time to resort to the Second Amendment – that is, to threaten violence. And, ultimately, to use violence.

This is right out of the NRA’s playbook. Last year, NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre explained it in chilling terms to the wild cheers of the Conservative Political Action Conference. According to LaPierre, when it comes down to it, the only freedom that really counts is the right to be armed – without it, “liberty is but an illusion.” In the NRA’s world, we are only free to the extent that our guns allow us to impose our will on others. Here are LaPierre’s words:

“Our divine rights, they might have been endowed by a Creator, but they are preserved by mortals, if we mortals have the means and the will to make it stick….Freedom is nothing but dust in the wind till it’s guarded by the blue steel and dry powder of a free and armed people….Our founding fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.”

It is worth pausing to reflect on that phrase: “The guys with the guns make the rules.” In the NRA’s distortion of democracy, the rules we live by are not ultimately the result of our collective decision-making, made through our elected representatives, after we have had a fair opportunity to exercise our First Amendment right to be heard. Ultimately, the rules are made by those who are more powerful than the rest of us because they are armed.

With manufactured outrage, the NRA will deny that it condones violence or that it is “responsible” for the violent acts of others. What it cannot deny is that has long been the most powerful purveyor of an ideology that legitimizes violence, and the threat of violence, as a tool of political power. And, after Oklahoma City, none of us can hide from the

Brady Campaign Commends President for Signing Important Gun Law

For Immediate Release:
01-08-2008

Contact Communications:
(202) 898-0792

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

 

Washington, D.C. – Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement concerning the “NICS (National Instant Check System) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007”:

“President Bush did the right thing by signing this bill, which strengthens our gun laws and makes it harder for dangerous people to arm themselves. This will help make our nation safer.

“The Virginia Tech killer was able to arm himself because the court order that should have blocked his gun purchases was not entered in the Brady background check system. This new law will help ensure that records like that don’t fall through the cracks.”

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As the nation’s largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

For continuing insight and comment on the gun issue, read Paul Helmke’s blog atwww.bradycampaign.org/blog/. Visit the Brady Campaign website atwww.bradycampaign.org.

Condolences are not enough. We want action from our leaders. “What are YOU Going to Do about Gun Violence?”

On April 16, 33 people were killed by guns, including the shooter, and since that day, approximately 2,430 more Americans have been killed with guns. And for every death, there are another two or three seriously injured.

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The gun epidemic is our monthly 9/11, our weekly Katrina, a continuing Iraq war on our streets and in our schools. It is our daily Virginia Tech. Yet, we don’t focus on this threat until we get a Virginia Tech.

And then our political leaders deliberately delay, hoping that we will stop caring. But we must send them the message that we are paying attention . . . that we don’t want tragedy after tragedy to happen while they do nothing.

Act now: Elected officials continue to ignore our gun violence epidemic. It’s time for them to answer one question: “What are YOU going to do about gun violence?”

We’re waging a campaign to ask our nation’s leaders — the President, the Congress, presidential candidates, state officials, and local governments — “What are YOU going to do about it?”

Here’s What You Can Do about It:

Go to Brady Campaign now to find out up-to-the-minute action on Capitol Hill and other updates and how you can help.

How Bush Neutralized the Gun Issue as Part of His Winning Strategy

 How Bush Neutralized the Gun Issue as Part of His Winning Strategy

In his successful bid for re-election, President Bush executed a winning strategy of appealing to his base supporters by taking stands on issues that appealed to culturally conservative voters. From abortion to stem cell research to gay marriage, he took positions that had significant support among his base in a successful bid to increase their turnout from 2000.

But what about guns? In stark contrast to his overall strategy, on the gun issue President Bush avoided being identified with the views of NRA partisans and instead made an appeal to the middle of the political spectrum. By the third debate, President Bush was disavowing the NRA’s agenda. When host Bob Schieffer asked why Bush had not pushed Congress to renew the Assault Weapons Ban, the President said:

“Actually, I made my intentions – made my views clear. I did think we ought to extend the assault weapons ban . . . I believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere to make sure that guns don’t get in the hands of people that shouldn’t have them.”
These are two top priorities of the gun control movement and are opposed by the NRA. Why did the President do this? Because he concluded that opposition to sensible gun laws was, on balance, politically damaging. Given the choice of embracing the NRA’s agenda, or supporting popular gun control measures, he chose the latter. President Bush and his campaign advisors felt a need to move to the middle on guns. Given the overwhelming popular support of Americans for sensible gun laws, this is not surprising.

President Bush’s second term gives him another opportunity to keep his campaign promises by leading the fight to reinstate the assault weapons ban and close the gun show loophole. The American people heard his assurances of support for sensible gun laws and relied on them when voting. Now is the time for President Bush to show the leadership necessary to pass these much-needed public safety measures.


Michael D. Barnes, President
Brady Campaign
The Assault Weapons Ban has temporarily expired. So for now, these banned guns — including Uzis, AK-47s, and TEC-9s — will be back in our neighborhoods, courtesy of President Bush.

click here  to sign our petition
to renew the Assault Weapons Ban

 

if the ban expires…

› In most states, 18-year-olds will be able to walk into gun stores and buy new American-made AK-47s.

› In many states, it will be possible to bring concealed TEC-9 assault pistols, loaded with thirty rounds of ammunition, into bars, churches and sports arenas, and even public schools or universities.

› In many states kids as young as 13 will be able to buy brand new American-made AK-47s at gun shows and through the classifieds.

› New assault weapons will be advertised over the internet.

› New rapid-fire ammunition magazines that allow guns to fire up to 100 rounds without reloading will be mass-produced and sold on a cash-and-carry basis to anyone, with no questions or background checks

Five Assault Weapons
that will be legal on Sept. 14th
(Unless the Assault Weapons Ban is renewed.)

1. Colt AR-15

AK Series
Manufactured by Colt Industries of Hartford, CT. It’s the civilian version of the company’s M-16 machine gun used by the U.S. military and some law enforcement agencies. A gas-operated, magazine-fed weapon, it’s still general-issue in the armed forces, which adopted it because of its ability to spray a high volume of ammunition within a distance of 100 meters. It is 39 inches long and comes with a 5-round magazine but can accept higher-capacity magazines.

Crimes and murders:
Sept. 25, 1982: 13 people killed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, by man using an AR-15.
July 1988: Man kills police officer in Manassas, VA using AR-15
October 13, 1992: seven-year-old boy on his way to school fatally shot by a sniper with an AR-15 in the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago.
Oct 30, 1993: 9-year-old girl died in El Cajon, CA when a man with an AR-15 began firing from his second-story window

2. AK-47

AK Series
The Kalashnikov rifle, also known generally as the AK-47, was developed in the Soviet Union in 1947. Semi-automatic versions of a Chinese model were imported in large numbers into the United States until 1989. These Chinese versions were produced by POLY Technologies and distributed in the United States by PTK International, Inc. The weapon is 34 3/8 inches long, and can accept 20-, 30-, 40- and 75-round magazines. Before the assault weapons ban was put in place, AK-47’s could be purchased for as little as $300.

Crimes and murders:
Jan. 18, 1989: Patrick West kills five children and wounds 30 others at a school in Stockton, CA
May 10, 1989: Man in Boston hijacks small airplane and fires an AK-47 at people below while flying around the city
Sept. 14, 1989: Former employee kills seven, wounds 13 at printing plant in Louisville, KY
Jan. 30, 1992: Sheriff and deputy shot by man with AK-47 in Clay City, KY.
December 16, 1992: Simon’s Rock College student sprays campus with an AK-47, killing two and wounding four in Great Barrington, Mass.
Jan. 25, 1993: Five CIA employees shot with an AK-47 at headquarters in Langley, VA
September 1993: Police in Hartford impose a curfew because of gang violence involving AK-47’s and other semiautomatic weapons that has led to dozens of shootings and three deaths
December 1993: Man carrying an AK-47 murdered a police officer in a Washington, D.C. housing project.
June 21, 1994: Gunman kills four and wounds 23 at Air Force hospital in Spokane, WA.
Aug. 31, 1994: Man using AK-47 kills a stagehand at NBC studios in New York City.
May 19, 1995: used to kill three people in Pittsburg, CA.

3. Uzi

Uzi
Manufactured by Israeli Military Industries, the 9mm UZI was designed in the early 1950s by Army Major Uziel Gal. In 1979, a semi-automatic version was first imported to the United States for civilian sale by Action Arms of Philadelphia. The UZI semi-auto carbine has an overall length of 24.4 inches with its stock folded, 31.5 with the stock open and comes with a standard 25-round magazine. In 1984, the company introduced the UZI pistol, which has an overall length of 9.45 inches. In 1987, Israeli Military Industries introduced the Mini-UZI carbine, which with its stock folded has an overall length of 26.1 inches, 35.75 with the stock unfolded.

Crimes and murders:
Aug. 10, 1989: Police arrest man carrying an Uzi after he sprays a lower Manhattan street with gunfire, injuring a 69-year-old man
June 26, 1989: One man killed and three wounded in a shootout in the Bronx involving an Uzi and another submachine gun.
Feb. 11, 1991: 20-year-old man killed at party by man carrying Uzi in New York City
April 29, 1991: Police officer shot in face by Uzi-carrying robbers in Jersey City
October 11, 1992: Uzi-carrying postal clerk seeking revenge for being fired kills four people in Ridgewood, NJ.
Nov. 19, 1992: Ex-police officer shot to death by Uzi fire in a robbery in an electronics store in Manhattan
May 25, 1993: In a gun battle between rival gangs in Teaneck, NJ, three were killed and two were wounded. Police recovered an Uzi from the crime.
Sept 17, 1993: Police arrest a recently paroled killer with a loaded Uzi in Pennsauken, NJ
Nov 14, 1994: used in a shootout that killed a police officer in San Francisco
July 1984: Man kills 21 and wounds 19 using an Uzi at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, CA.

4. MAC-10, MAC-11


Semiautomatic assault pistol designed as a variant of submachine gun. Developed in 1969 by Gordon Ingram of the Military Armament Company (MAC) in Powder Springs, Georgia. The MAC-10 is a recoil-operated gun, compact and capable of delivering a high rate of fire. However its light weight gives it marginal accuracy and a short effective range. Used by military in building sweeps and inside-vehicle operations — the Israeli army uses this weapon in Aircraft hijack rescues.

Crimes and murders:
April 28, 1983: A paid hit man kills two witnesses in a federal narcotics case using a MAC-11
June 1984: Radio talk-show host killed by right-wing extremists using a MAC-10 in Denver, Colorado.
August 26, 1985: Hired hit men murder a man in suburban Atlanta using a MAC-11.
1988: Jewel thieves fire 31 rounds into a police car while being pursued after a robbery in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jan. 2, 1990: MAC-10 used in an attempted drive-by assassination of the Camden, N.J. county prosecutor
June 13, 1990: MAC-10 used by bank robbers in New York City. Bank guard wounded.
October 1992: MAC-10 used by bank robbers in Sykesville, MD to kill two bank tellers.
Oct. 21, 1993: MAC-10 used in a drive-by shooting to kill a 47-year-old man in Queens, NY.
March 30, 1994: Houston police officer seriously wounded by a criminal armed with a Mac-11
April 26, 1995: Maryland police officer shot to death with a MAC-11 assault pistol in a liquor store parking lot.

5. TEC-9, TEC-DC9

Tec9
The Tec-9 and its variants differ from conventional handguns because its large-capacity detachable magazine helps provide a level of firepower “associated with military or police, not civilian, shooting requirements,” according to firearms expert Leonard J. Supenski. The weapon is “completely useless” for hunting, is never used by competitive or recreational shooters and “has no legitimate sporting use,” he says.

Crimes and murders:
July 2, 1993: TEC-DC9 used by Gian Luigi Ferri to kill 8 and wound six in a workplace shooting in San Francisco
April 25, 1994: TEC-9 used to fire at police officers in Brooklyn when an undercover drug deal went awry.
June 15, 1994: TEC-9 used by man to shoot his ex-girlfriend in Buffalo, NY
Nov. 22, 1994: a man with a TEC-9 killed 3 law enforcement officers at Washington, D.C. police headquarters.

Five Assault Weapons that will be legal by gov

if the ban expires…

› In most states, 18-year-olds will be able to walk into gun stores and buy new American-made AK-47s.

› In many states, it will be possible to bring concealed TEC-9 assault pistols, loaded with thirty rounds of ammunition, into bars, churches and sports arenas, and even public schools or universities.

› In many states kids as young as 13 will be able to buy brand new American-made AK-47s at gun shows and through the classifieds.

› New assault weapons will be advertised over the internet.

› New rapid-fire ammunition magazines that allow guns to fire up to 100 rounds without reloading will be mass-produced and sold on a cash-and-carry basis to anyone, with no questions or background checks

Five Assault Weapons
that will be legal on Sept. 14th
(Unless the Assault Weapons Ban is renewed.)

1. Colt AR-15 AK Series

AK Series

Manufactured by Colt Industries of Hartford, CT. It’s the civilian version of the company’s M-16 machine gun used by the U.S. military and some law enforcement agencies. A gas-operated, magazine-fed weapon, it’s still general-issue in the armed forces, which adopted it because of its ability to spray a high volume of ammunition within a distance of 100 meters. It is 39 inches long and comes with a 5-round magazine but can accept higher-capacity magazines.
Crimes and murders:

Sept. 25, 1982: 13 people killed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, by man using an AR-15.
July 1988: Man kills police officer in Manassas, VA using AR-15
October 13, 1992: seven-year-old boy on his way to school fatally shot by a sniper with an AR-15 in the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago.
Oct 30, 1993: 9-year-old girl died in El Cajon, CA when a man with an AR-15 began firing from his second-story window

2. AK-47 AK Series

AK Series

The Kalashnikov rifle, also known generally as the AK-47, was developed in the Soviet Union in 1947. Semi-automatic versions of a Chinese model were imported in large numbers into the United States until 1989. These Chinese versions were produced by POLY Technologies and distributed in the United States by PTK International, Inc. The weapon is 34 3/8 inches long, and can accept 20-, 30-, 40- and 75-round magazines. Before the assault weapons ban was put in place, AK-47’s could be purchased for as little as $300.
Crimes and murders:

Jan. 18, 1989: Patrick West kills five children and wounds 30 others at a school in Stockton, CA
May 10, 1989: Man in Boston hijacks small airplane and fires an AK-47 at people below while flying around the city
Sept. 14, 1989: Former employee kills seven, wounds 13 at printing plant in Louisville, KY
Jan. 30, 1992: Sheriff and deputy shot by man with AK-47 in Clay City, KY.
December 16, 1992: Simon’s Rock College student sprays campus with an AK-47, killing two and wounding four in Great Barrington, Mass.
Jan. 25, 1993: Five CIA employees shot with an AK-47 at headquarters in Langley, VA
September 1993: Police in Hartford impose a curfew because of gang violence involving AK-47’s and other semiautomatic weapons that has led to dozens of shootings and three deaths
December 1993: Man carrying an AK-47 murdered a police officer in a Washington, D.C. housing project.
June 21, 1994: Gunman kills four and wounds 23 at Air Force hospital in Spokane, WA.
Aug. 31, 1994: Man using AK-47 kills a stagehand at NBC studios in New York City.
May 19, 1995: used to kill three people in Pittsburg, CA.

3. Uzi Uzi

Uzi

Manufactured by Israeli Military Industries, the 9mm UZI was designed in the early 1950s by Army Major Uziel Gal. In 1979, a semi-automatic version was first imported to the United States for civilian sale by Action Arms of Philadelphia. The UZI semi-auto carbine has an overall length of 24.4 inches with its stock folded, 31.5 with the stock open and comes with a standard 25-round magazine. In 1984, the company introduced the UZI pistol, which has an overall length of 9.45 inches. In 1987, Israeli Military Industries introduced the Mini-UZI carbine, which with its stock folded has an overall length of 26.1 inches, 35.75 with the stock unfolded.
Crimes and murders:

Aug. 10, 1989: Police arrest man carrying an Uzi after he sprays a lower Manhattan street with gunfire, injuring a 69-year-old man
June 26, 1989: One man killed and three wounded in a shootout in the Bronx involving an Uzi and another submachine gun.
Feb. 11, 1991: 20-year-old man killed at party by man carrying Uzi in New York City
April 29, 1991: Police officer shot in face by Uzi-carrying robbers in Jersey City
October 11, 1992: Uzi-carrying postal clerk seeking revenge for being fired kills four people in Ridgewood, NJ.
Nov. 19, 1992: Ex-police officer shot to death by Uzi fire in a robbery in an electronics store in Manhattan
May 25, 1993: In a gun battle between rival gangs in Teaneck, NJ, three were killed and two were wounded. Police recovered an Uzi from the crime.
Sept 17, 1993: Police arrest a recently paroled killer with a loaded Uzi in Pennsauken, NJ
Nov 14, 1994: used in a shootout that killed a police officer in San Francisco
July 1984: Man kills 21 and wounds 19 using an Uzi at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, CA.

4. MAC-10, MAC-11

Semiautomatic assault pistol designed as a variant of sub machine gun. Developed in 1969 by Gordon Ingram of the Military Armament Company (MAC) in Powder Springs, Georgia. The MAC-10 is a recoil-operated gun, compact and capable of delivering a high rate of fire. However its light weight gives it marginal accuracy and a short effective range. Used by military in building sweeps and inside-vehicle operations — the Israeli army uses this weapon in Aircraft hijack rescues.
Crimes and murders:

April 28, 1983: A paid hit man kills two witnesses in a federal narcotics case using a MAC-11
June 1984: Radio talk-show host killed by right-wing extremists using a MAC-10 in Denver, Colorado.
August 26, 1985: Hired hit men murder a man in suburban Atlanta using a MAC-11.
1988: Jewel thieves fire 31 rounds into a police car while being pursued after a robbery in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jan. 2, 1990: MAC-10 used in an attempted drive-by assassination of the Camden, N.J. county prosecutor
June 13, 1990: MAC-10 used by bank robbers in New York City. Bank guard wounded.
October 1992: MAC-10 used by bank robbers in Sykesville, MD to kill two bank tellers.
Oct. 21, 1993: MAC-10 used in a drive-by shooting to kill a 47-year-old man in Queens, NY.
March 30, 1994: Houston police officer seriously wounded by a criminal armed with a Mac-11
April 26, 1995: Maryland police officer shot to death with a MAC-11 assault pistol in a liquor store parking lot.

5. TEC-9, TEC-DC9 Tec9

Tec9

The Tec-9 and its variants differ from conventional handguns because its large-capacity detachable magazine helps provide a level of firepower “associated with military or police, not civilian, shooting requirements,” according to firearms expert Leonard J. Supenski. The weapon is “completely useless” for hunting, is never used by competitive or recreational shooters and “has no legitimate sporting use,” he says.
Crimes and murders:

July 2, 1993: TEC-DC9 used by Gian Luigi Ferri to kill 8 and wound six in a workplace shooting in San Francisco
April 25, 1994: TEC-9 used to fire at police officers in Brooklyn when an undercover drug deal went awry.
June 15, 1994: TEC-9 used by man to shoot his ex-girlfriend in Buffalo, NY
Nov. 22, 1994: a man with a TEC-9 killed 3 law enforcement officers at Washington, D.C. police headquarters.