After the tragic shooting of 20 children and 7 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, calls for a ban on the assault weapon used in the killings are once again beginning to be heard from gun control advocates.
The question that needs to be answered is “Would an assault weapons ban have made a difference in this tragic event?
From September 13, 1994 to September 13, 2004, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was in full force.
However,at 11:10 AM on Tuesday April 20, 1999, almost the exact middle of the assault weapons ban in the U.S., the weapons of choice in the Columbine High School massacre were two-20 pound propane bombs with timers set to 11:14 AM that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had placed in the cafeteria to kill over 400 students who were eating their lunch.
In their duffle bags were pipe bombs. The two also had a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun, a 12-gauge double-barrel sawed-off shotgun, 9-mm carbine rifle and a 12-gauge pump sawed-off shotgun. Black trenchcoats hid the weapons and utility belts full of ammunition. They also carried knives.
Their toll on that day was twelve students, one teacher, and the two murderers dead; plus 21 more were injured.
It seems that the Federal Assault Weapons ban in place during this time period didn’t help the high school students and teacher at Columbine, because, obviously, other weapons can still be used to kill if that’s the intent!
Just a thought.