Published November 19, 2003, Wednesday, in The Hotline


In the National Review Online, American Enterprise Instit.'s John Lott writes WH '04 Dems have begun "offering advice to hunters" on the assault-weapons ban that is up for extension in '04. The "most-charitable interpretation is that the ban's proponents know nothing about guns. " The "'assault weapon ban' conjures up images of machine guns" used by the military, but the '94 federal assault weapons ban had "nothing to do with machine guns, only semi-automatics." The ban "arbitrarily outlaws different guns" based upon either their name or "cosmetic features." The law "never had any affect on crime." The ban's "only clear result" was to "consistently" reduce gun shows by 25%. Pols "who have claimed such dire consequence from these mislabeled 'assault weapons' have put their reputations on the line." If the ban extension fails, a year after that voters "will wonder what all the hysteria was about." The debate in '04, "fueled by false images of machine guns and sniper rifles," is likely to be "very emotional. Let's hope that the politicians at least learn what guns are being banned" (11/18).

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