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The Politics of Futility and the False Promise of the “Assault Weapons” Ban


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Last week saw another episode in the dismal political theatre that surrounds gun control in America, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a phony attempt to resurrect a failed, 30-year-old “assault weapons” ban in the Senate by unanimous consent. Needless to say, no idea could be less universally embraced in politics today than the wisdom or necessity of bringing back a law that infringed on the rights of Americans without actually delivering on its promise of protecting the public. The stunt failed, as its proponents knew it would, thanks to the objection of pro-gun Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo).

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