New York Times says ‘Assault Weapons’ A ‘Myth’ Democrats Created In 1990s

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC – -(  On September 13 2014, the 20th anniversary of the signing of the federal assault weapons ban, The New York Times ran a column explaining that the very term “assault weapon” is one the “Democrats created” in the 1990s in order to ban “a politically defined category of guns.” 

Moreover, the Times points out that the threat posed by the private ownership of “assault weapons” is mythological in comparison to FBI stats on the actual use of such guns in crime.

According to the NYT, America was “suffering from a spike in gun crime…in the early 1990s” so “Democrats created and banned [an entire] category of guns.” The ban lasted from 1994 to 2004 and although crime fell during that time, a “detailed study found no proof” the decline was due to the ban.

Hard numbers showed the percentage of “assault weapons” recovered by police during the ban only rose from 1 percent to 2 percent.

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Democrats War on Guns

On top of all this, the Times points out that “assault weapons” are not the gun of choice for criminals anyway–and never have been. “In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, FBI data shows.” And as Breitbart News reported on January 15, 2013, deaths in which an “assault rifle” were involved constituted less than .012 percent of the overall deaths in America in 2011.

The New York Times did report one clear outcome of the “assault weapons” ban in 1994–Democrats got creamed at the polls in November.

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    Rather informative article. Naturally, being “pro-gun”, I continue to be irritated by the made up term “assault” weapon. That erroneous name, along with incorrect information contained in the news paper’s article, will continue to jade opinions of firearms in this country. Stating an AR15 is “a civilian version of the military M16 rifle” is ridiculous, at the very least. Anyone familiar with the AR line of semi-auto rifles knows they aren’t capable of full auto or burst fire. M16 rifles are! Looks don’t make it function. I own several authentic former military weapons and a few AR15s. None are referred… Read more »


    This is a most delicious article because it’s written by a far left-winger from ProPublica.

    He points to the same statistics that Demonrats and liberals ignore:
    “Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.” This is an unfortunate social problem that black leaders and liberals keep ignoring or blaming on everyone else.