Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would ban more than 150 types of assault “style” guns along with high-capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Sen. Feinstein mentioned her own personal experience of gun violence when Harvey Milk and George Moscone were shot and killed.
Sen. Feinstein makes a lot of sense to people who don’t understand guns and gun violence. To put this in perspective, Senator Feinstein would outlaw trucks or sports cars because she saw someone killed by a car.
Harvey Milk and George Moscone were shot by Dan White, a former San Francisco police officer, with his service revolver. Depending upon the brand of revolver, it would have held either five or six bullets. Dan White first shot George Moscone using only four bullets. He then reloaded his gun and fired five bullets into Harvey Milk, killing him.
While these murders were tragic, it points out how the arguments of politicians in favor of banning assault “style” guns make no sense when calmly looking at the facts. Dan White was a former police officer. Under the proposed assault weapon ban, police officers would be allowed to possess assault weapons. Most importantly, Dan White did not use an assault weapon but used a revolver which only held five or six bullets. This murder proves the point I’ve made in other articles here that reloading a gun can easily be accomplished quickly enough to kill more people.
Sen. Feinstein paraded several people in front of the camera who had been previously shot in tragic incidents. At least one of those women had also been shot by a handgun. The only reason Sen. Feinstein is seeking to ban assault “style” guns is because banning handguns will be impossible, assault “style” guns look scary enough to possibly be successful, and she doesn’t Have sufficient knowledge of guns and gun violence.
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