House Passes Assault Weapons Ban, First of Its Kind in Decades

Friday’s House vote was decisive in approving a ban on certain assault weapons of military style. This legislation is critical to reducing gun violence and mass shootings in America.

The bill passed217 to 213 in a largely partisan vote. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Chris Jacobs from New York voted in favor of the bill. Five Democrats, Representatives Henry Cuellar(Texas), Jared Golden, Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Kurt Schrader and Ron Kind (Wisconsin), opposed it.

Introduced by Democrats in MarchThe Assault Weapons Ban Act, also known as the Bill, would ban the sale and transfer, manufacturing, and importing of 205 military style assault weapons. includingThe AR-15-style semiautomatic gunsGun reform activists have pointed out that these guns are the preferred weapon of mass shooters. However, the bill would still allow for such guns to be owned.

President Joe Biden has asked the Senate to pass this bill so that he can sign it into legislation. “The majority of the American people agree with this common sense action,” he said. He added that the Senate should “move quickly to get this bill to my desk.”

In a statement of administration policy — a stronger version of a simple public statement — the Biden administrationEvidence was presented to support the idea that an assault weapons ban will likely save lives.

“We know an assault weapons and large-capacity magazine ban will save lives,” the statement said, noting that then-Senator Biden was key in passing the 1994 assault weapons ban, signed by President Bill Clinton, that was in effect for a decade. “For those ten years, mass shootings declined. When the ban expired in 2004, mass shootings tripled.”

To pass the Senate, however, the bill will need at least 10 Republicans as well as all Democrats. This is unlikely because the House Republicans voted against the bill.

Data shows that gun violence and mass shootings have markedly declined During the decadeHowever, lawmakers allowed the assault weapons ban to expire after ten year.

Semiautomatic guns are now easier to get than ever. are increasinglyThey are used in mass shootings. Evidence suggests that mass shootings in which the shooter used a semiautomatic gun were more deadly — not just because of the large amount of rounds the guns are capable of shooting in a short period of time, but also becauseMany assault rifles have a propulsion level that makes bullets explode. power to shredThrough organs, tissue.

“These military-style weapons are designed to kill the most people in the shortest amount of time,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) said during the debate on the bill. “Quite simply, there is no place for them in our streets.”

Democrats and progressives were happy to see the bill pass. “Along with so many colleagues and advocates, we fought long and hard to get the assault weapons ban the stand alone vote it deserved,” wrote Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) on Twitter. “This is a victory.”

Ocasio Cortez testified at the hearing last week. confrontedGun industry figures on their use white supremacist imagery for their ads, pointing out deep tiesBetween the far right & the gun industry

Gun lobbyists have spent millionsGun control laws should be opposed. Gun manufacturers can make a lot of money selling assault weapons. The House Oversight Committee discovered in A report from last weekMajor gun companies have received more than $1 billion in assault weapon sales over the past decade. Many companies have doubled or tripled their revenue in recent years.

These gun-making companies are the ones that have made many of the most horrific mass shootings in U.S. history.

Gun manufacturer Daniel Defense, for instance, tripled its revenue from AR-15 style weapons between 2019 and 2021. It made the gun used in the shooting at Uvalde, Texas. This gun was made by Daniel Defense. Four guns were also manufactured by the company in the arsenal of shooter who killed 60 people and inflicted more than 850 others in Las Vegas in 2017, which was the most fatal modern mass shooting.

Help! Transformative journalism funded by donors is under threat

For over two decades, Truthout has published uncompromised, truly independent journalism that puts social and environmental justice before profit — funded overwhelmingly by our readers.

It has been essential to our core values that we remain donor-funded. We’re not answerable to a high-powered media conglomerate or a billionaire owner. Our work is based on the interests of our readers, and our team, a small group of dedicated nonprofit workers who want to see progressive journalism make a difference in society.

That being said, it’s not always easy being donor-funded. The majority of our donations are one-time gifts, making it difficult to plan for the future and putting us in a tough financial position more often than we’d like. We’ve set the aspirational goal of doubling our monthly donors, so we can rest a little easier each month and focus more on publishing the award-winning journalism you know us for.

We’re looking for 50 people to start a monthly gift in the next two days. Please, if you’ve found value in our work, consider starting a monthly, tax-deductible donation. Every dollar counts.

Donate Now