Is “Muslim Ban” the Right’s version of the Left’s “Assault Weapon Ban”?

Are they both the bogeyman used to stir up the base?

To continue with this discussion I must first define “assault weapon”.  The definition varies among jurisdictions I will us California’s definition as it is among the strictest.

“assault weapon” shall also mean any of the following:

  1. A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
    1. A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
    2. A thumbhole stock.
    3. A folding or telescoping stock.
    4. A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
    5. A flash suppressor.
    6. A forward pistol grip.
  2. A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
  3. A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.
  4. A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
    1. A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer.
    2. (B) A second handgrip.
    3. A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning his or her hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel.
    4. The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
  5. A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
  6. A semiautomatic shotgun that has both of the following:
    1. A folding or telescoping stock.
    2. A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, thumbhole stock, or vertical handgrip.
  7. A semiautomatic shotgun that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine.
  8. Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

SENATE BILL 23 ASSAULT WEAPON CHARACTERISTICS

NB! An assault weapon is NOT an automatic weapon, automatic weapons were banned by the National Firearms Act of 1934.

An I will also propose the following working definition of “Muslim Ban” as implemented by  Executive Order on January 27, 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES

Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libra, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen)

Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.

Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest — including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship — and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.

They are both unsupported by any data.  There is no data showing that legal immigrants (tourists/students/green card holders/asylum seekers/refugees) from the seven countries covered by the ban have been involved in a terror attack.  While there is data supporting attacks by immigrants of other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Likewise there is no data showing that any of the cosmetic features that define an assault weapon have played any roll in the lethality of any mass shooting.  An argument could be made relative to the 10 round magazine, as larger (15 round) magazines were used in some cases, but they were legal in the local jurisdiction.   It is also a popular misconception that assault weapons are automatic weapon.

“I would be willing to bet that at least 50 [percent] to 60 percent of the people who are calling these things assault weapons and assault rifles really think they’re machine guns, among the media,” he said. “Among the general public, it’s probably up around the 80 [percent]-to-90 percent range.”

Bob Owens, editor of the website Bearing Arms in Washington Times article  http://tinyurl.com/zt5uyu6

One of the earliest mass shooting, the Texas Tower Shooting (1966) killed 16 people and did not involve an assault rifle.  One study of 133 mass shooting between 2009 and 2015 found that 11% involved “assault weapons” but as previously postulated no study I have found purports to attribute the features of a assault weapon added to the lethality.

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