Don’t Waste Our Time

AR-15 rifles displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pa., in 2017 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
A ban on semiautomatic rifles and handguns would not pass constitutional muster.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ur politicians often exhibit too much creativity, inventing new problems to be solved by highly paid staff administering big budgets instead of figuring out how to get government to do the ordinary boring things with a reasonable degree of competence. But sometimes they do not exhibit enough imagination, as with Democratic demands for gun-control measures, renewed in the aftermath of two horrible massacres only a few days apart.

The firearms used in these crimes were, as far as the evidence indicates, legally acquired from federally licensed and regulated firearms dealers. That means that the killers passed background checks. The demand that

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