Grayson introduces new assault weapons ban
WASHINGTON D.C.-In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the worst mass shooting in our nation's history, Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-09) has introduced the Freedom From Fear Act that will reinstate the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which Congress allowed to expire in 2004.
For the Congressman this attack was close to home: many of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting lived in his district. There were 49 people murdered and 53 wounded in a matter of minutes. The gunmen used a semi-automatic weapon making it easy for him to shoot over 100 people with before they had any chance to escape. Such a rifle is a weapon of mass destruction and should never be in the hands of civilians.
"It was the weapon that made this possible," admits Mr. Grayson. "You can't always know what is in people's heads, we can't always know what's in people's hearts, but we can know, and we do know what's in people's hands. That's why I think we have to go back and re-institute the assault weapons ban."
The Freedom Form Fear bill reinstates two sections of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 that lapsed in 2004. One section restricts the manufacturing and possession of certain dangerous semi-automatic weapons, while the other lists the semi-automatic weapons included in the ban.
The Assault Weapon Ban was effective. Specifically, the use of assault weapons in mass shootings declined by more than two-thirds, nine years after the 1994 weapon ban was in place. In fact there were zero "mass murders, com