Joe Biden Says 1994 ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Lowered Gun Crime

Second Amendment

CLAIM: During his April 28, 2021, speech to Congress, President Joe Biden claimed the 1994 “assault weapons” ban lowered gun crime.

VERDICT: False. The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report as the federal “assault weapons” ban was about to expire, noting no reduction in gun crime that could be credited to the ban itself. The Washington Times quoted the report’s lead researcher saying, “There has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”

Biden twice made his claim about the alleged effectiveness of the “assault weapons” ban.

First, he referenced passing the ban in the 1990s, adding, “We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined.”

He later said, “We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines again. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We’ve done it before … and it worked.”

On February 19, 2018, Breitbart News looked back at the NIJ report, noting its findings that “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

The Times seized on a portion of the NIJ report which indicated one of the reasons banning “assault weapons” might have been ineffective was because such firearms were “rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.”

On August 11, 2019, Breitbart News cited FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers showing more people were killed in 2017 with hammers and clubs than were killed with rifles of any kind.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

Source link

Articles You May Like

Official who refused to cooperate with illegal AZ hand-count describes threatening environment in resignation letter – Raw Story
ILA | Biden Goes Through the Motions, Drags Out Stock Gun Control Script
Colorado lawmakers to consider ban on semiautomatic weapons
ILA | NRA-ILA Backed Lawsuit Challenges Illinois’ New Semi-Automatic and Magazine Bans.
Illinois State Police asks to consolidate federal gun ban lawsuits


  1. 89192 525775I truly got into this write-up. I identified it to be fascinating and loaded with unique points of interest. I like to read material that makes me think. Thank you for writing this fantastic content material. 792969

  2. 442704 5949Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thank you! 111336

  3. 261218 893358What a superb viewpoint, nonetheless is just not produce every sence by any indicates discussing this mather. Just about any technique thanks and also i had try and discuss your post directly into delicius but it surely appears to be an issue inside your blogging is it possible you ought to recheck this. thank you just as before. 925488

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *