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2023 has begun just as we ended 2022 with mass shootings taking the lives of the innocent. Therefore, our fight to end gun violence in this country must continue. Assault weapons are still a major factor in many mass shootings across the country, not only in “mass” shootings are assault weapons the instrument of tragedy, but assault weapons also contribute to the everyday gun violence that plagues many communities across the U.S. Shooters using semi-automatic assault rifles with large-capacity magazines can kill exponentially more people in a matter of seconds and pose a significant threat to public safety.

Despite the dangers posed by these types of weapons and accessories, there is no federal law regulating them.

Assault rifles are particularly lethal because rounds fired typically achieve a velocity of over 3,000 feet per second, compared to handguns that fire rounds closer to 1,000 feet per second.

Medical providers explain that unlike wounds caused by bullets from a handgun, high velocity bullets cause damage that extends beyond the bullets’ path, causing more harm and increasing the lethality. Semi-automatic assault rifles and large-capacity magazines also pose a threat to law enforcement officers seeking to protect the public in a live shooting incident.

The U.S. must ban semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines now.


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