Military Style Guns Become a Top Gun Choice for Shooters
Military style guns, such as the AR-15, have become a popular gun choice for mass shootings. As a result, mass shootings are more likely, resulting in more deaths amongst civilians. President-Elect Donald Trump has said he believes stricter law enforcement and expanding mental health treatment programs will help reduce these shootings, but what exactly are his plans?
Mass Shooters Choose Semi-Automatics
AR-15’s were mass shooters’ weapon of choice in recent mass shootings such as the following:
- Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Conn in 2012, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed
- The Colorado Movie Theater shooting in 2012, where 12 individuals were killed
- Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015, where 9 individuals were killed
AR-15’s make it easy for the shooter to maneuver and allows the shooter to fire 25-30 rounds in three seconds, according to The New York Times.
Assault Weapons Continue to Contribute to Mass Shootings
A review of 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012 discovered that assault weapons were recovered in approximately 25 percent of them, according to Mother Jones, a leading independent news organization located in San Francisco that reports on politics, human rights, and culture. Mass shootings are not going to end until assault weapon access is unavailable to all civilians.
Trump Declares Rollback on Gun Restrictions
President-Elect Donald Trump declared in early November 2016 that he plans to rollback gun restrictions to make carrying guns legal in more places, such as military bases and schools, according to The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper.
Trump believes the U.S. law enforcement needs to become a tougher unit all around in order to reduce gun violence and end mass shootings. He believes the United States needs to become stricter with sentencing criminals and plans on re-establishing law and order by retraining the police if needed and expanding mental health treatment program options.
If Trump’s rollback on gun restrictions takes place, civilians will have easier access to guns. This will not be in the end of mass shootings, but only the beginning of more.