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We have all seen the catastrophic damage wrought by assault weapons in massacres over the past decade. From a music festival in Las Vegas — the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history, pictured above — to a shopping center in El Paso. 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.