Many Americans don’t remember that from 1994 through 2004, there was a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The legislation, which was brought into life by then President Bill Clinton, was allowed to expire during George W. Bush’s term. Since then it has been difficult for Democrats to push through meaningful gun control legislation.
After a year rocked by multiple mass shootings, there are again loud calls for some kind of gun control. Bill Clinton recently wrote an op-ed in Time Magazine, calling for his assault weapons ban to be reinstated.
The 42nd President referenced the violence in El Paso and Dayton in his call for enhanced control. Clinton wrote:
“Elected officials speak about the need for change. But the tragedies do keep happening, while the one thing that we know can reduce the number and the death tolls of mass shootings has not been done: reinstituting the ban on assault weapons and the limit on high-capacity magazines that was in effect from 1994 to 2004.”
Clinton also looked to take apart the argument that bans on semi-automatic weapons are an affront to the 2nd Amendment. He continued:
“It pains me to see people in the culture I grew up in buy into the argument that banning weapons of war threatens the Second Amendment and their way of life. As the 1994 assault-weapons ban shows, deaths from mass shootings fell while the number of hunting licenses actually increased. No one has to give up their culture to save the lives of innocent people, so many of them very young.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.