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2023 continues the sickening upward trend of mass shootings in the U.S. Our fight to end gun violence in this country must continue. 

Assault weapons are used in mass shootings across the country. And they contribute to everyday gun violence that plagues 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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