You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
So said Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff under President Obama 2008-2010. Now, serious gun-related crises include Sandy Hook, Ft. Hood, Columbine, the Amish Schoolhouse murders, the Dark Night movie shooter, and more. In that light, we recently we saw proof that our President is following Emanuel’s tip. Only a few days after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Obama has declared that new gun control propositions will be made public at the end of January, thanks to his Vice President, Joe Biden.
The President’s motive, he claims, is to reduce crime by making it more difficult for individuals to (lawfully) obtain firearms such as the dreaded assault weapon. However, actions speak louder than words. Will this affect our right to bear arms? Possibly, but for now, it only affects ‘assault weapons.’
What is an Assault Weapon?
First, what many individuals want to know, is what is the “assault weapon” Obama refers to? There are several different definitions – everyone defines the term differently. One of the most popular definitions defines an assault weapon as an automatic firearm – such as a machine gun.
Even state laws are inconsistent; for example, California’s gun laws ban assault weapons, which are defined as semiautomatic guns, provided that they have a detachable magazine and another combat feature. On the other hand, Connecticut’s law prohibits the usage of assault weapons, defined as “Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the other following specified semiautomatic firearms.” As you can see, both laws prohibit “assault weapons,” but each law defines the term differently. Is Obama’s goal to universalise the term “assault weapon,” so there can be no question?
Top Ten States With Most Strict Gun Control Laws
All 50 states vary widely on the spectrum of “strict” and “lenient” when it comes to gun control. Here’s a list of the top ten most strict in priority states, on the subject of gun control:
- California: This sunny state ranks number one in strict gun control laws, scoring an 81 out 100 in strictness, according to the Brady Campaign.
- New Jersey: Ranking number two, New Jersey scores a huge 72 out of 100 points.
- Massachusetts: The tip of the ice burg scores 65/100 points.
- New York: The Big Apple comes up behind at 62/100 points.
- Connecticut: The state of the Sandy Hook tragedy scores a not-surprising 58/100 points.
- Hawaii: The home of the hula, Hawaii scores a surprising 50/100 points.
- Maryland: The little state up north scores 45/100 points.
- Rhode Island: Barely visible on the map, RI scores so-so with 44/100 points.
- Illinois: In Mid-east United States, IL scores 35/100 points.
- Pennsylvania: Its capitol best known as a cream cheese brand, Pennsylvania runs up after with 26/100 points.