In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, State Senator Robert Marshal (D-Wilmington West) has announed that he plans to introduce legislation next week to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and also close the loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without going through a background check.
Marshall says that while shootings such as last month in Connecticut, and last July in a movie theater in suburban Denver have stood out and gotten national headlines, gun violence that claims lives plays out every day in cities like Wilmington and throughout the country. He says the main issue isn't about mental health, but about the availability of weapons, and those weapons falling into the wrong hands. As someone who's hunted game in the past using rifles and shotguns, Marshall says even hunters say you don't need an automatic or semi-automatic assault weapon that can "cut a deer in half with 30 quick rounds." He says he's gotten emails from people who say they've cancelled their NRA membership because of what they call the group's "extreme" positions.
Marshall says that groups like the NRA and gun and ammo manufacturers are using the claim of the gun violence problem in our country as a mental health issue as "an artificial distraction" to the gun violence issue. He says banning the sale of assault weapons to the general public is "common sense," and not a Second Amendment issue, as the NRA and other gun advocates claim.
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