Assault weapons ban to become law in Delaware
“As many deaths imaginable in as little time as possible”
Much of Thursday’s lengthy Senate debate focused on the specifics of prohibited weapons and how the current owner of a gun would be able to prove they obtained it legally to escape prosecution for crime.
Senator Nichole Poore, the Bear Democrat and godmother of the assault weapons ban, said she agrees with opponents that the bill is reactionary because she and d ‘other supporters are disgusted by the massacres that continue to occur elsewhere with assault weapons and want to prevent one from happening in Delaware.
She also pointed out that residents who already possess an aggression style will not have to return them and that she supports the Second Amendment.
“But I also believe that our families have the right to go to elementary school, to go to college, to go to church, to shop for groceries and to visit a gym. cinema without the threat of a gunman committing mass murder in a matter of minutes,” Poore said.
“These beliefs are not mutually exclusive. Time and time again, our courts have ruled that our Second Amendment rights are not absolute, and we can take steps to protect our families by limiting access to the most destructive and deadly weapons on the market.
“What’s not compatible for me is sitting on our hands and doing nothing while children across our country are being torn apart by the kind of high-powered weapons that exist to serve a single purpose. AK-47s are not made for hunting. AR-15s are not made for target shooting and Uzis are not made for self-defense. They are weapons of war, specifically designed to sow as many deaths imaginable in as little time as possible. And right now they’re so easy to buy, so readily available, that kids are picking them up at their local sporting goods store on their way to murdering others children.
Republican Senator Gerald Hocker, who represents the southeastern beach towns of Bethany, Fenwick and surrounding areas, said the legislation would turn felons into strong citizens.
He said weapons on the banned list had not been used in shootings in Delaware and that greater attention to school safety would prohibit the kind of carnage seen in Uvalde.
“Mass shootings were really carried out by violent criminals,” he said of the massacres in recent years. “There is not one who has not broken the law. What makes you think they won’t break this law if it passes here today? »
Instead, he said Poore and other ban supporters would end up punishing “good, law-abiding citizens…I don’t think you really think this is going to stop criminals from having crimes.” fire arms”.