Doesn't have to be anything to do with an "Assualt Weapon", as I said in the other thread, when you start to draw on the "like an assault weapon" distinction to start banning stuff. Now "rifles" are the problem...when rifles, single shot,and up to three rounds, are the solution to the problem in another version of the same argument. Author failed to mention that the very next mass killing from the gun ban was the torching of a hostel, by a deranged person, killing 15...
Yes, assault rifles are used in a tiny fraction of guns crimes, about 2 to 8 percent, but petty crime was never the main target of the Assault Weapon Ban. Rather, it’s designed to stop mass shootings, where rifles are vastly overrepresented. Rifles or assault rifles were used to kill John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and were deployed in the the Beltway sniper attacks, the Columbine massacre, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Oregon shooting in December, the Sandy Hook spree and countless other massacres.