Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banning Purchase of Assault Weapons Won't Work

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banning Purchase of Assault Weapons Won't Work

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There has been a lot of talk after the Orlando massacre about prohibiting those on "no fly lists" and "watch lists" from buying assault weapons. This is a bad and counterproductive reaction to mass shootings. My reasons for saying so are the following:

Because of the existence of the Second Amendment, denying access to these guns is in essence unconstitutional. You can't forbid someone from owning a gun based on the possibility they will use it to commit a crime. If you undermine one explicit constitutional right, you might undermine others.

Actual terrorists who are denied a gun purchase will know they are being watched. Once this becomes law, any terrorist with any sense will simply buy weapons illegally. The end result will be that the FBI and law enforcement will have even less of an idea of what terrorists are up to. …

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