Illinois Assault Weapon Ban Preliminary Injunction Hearing
Today's Hearing in Federal Court
Today our Motion for Preliminary Injunction, combined for now with those of the other three plaintiff groups, was heard by Judge Stephen McGlynn. We had a solid day and had a good look at what the State will advance to justify their Magazine Limit and "Assault Weapon" ban in Federal Court.
- Mass murder is bad (we agree)
- Lots of mass shootings involve "assault weapons." (no, they don't)
- Because violent offenders misuse (with astonishing infrequency) "assault weapons," then the law-abiding people should not have them. (Um.... no).
- Because Congress banned "assault weapons" in 1994, and mass shootings then went down (no, they didn't deviate from the trend), there is precedent for banning these firearms. (no, the relevant period is pre-14th amendment)
"We see the victims and perpetrators and all want to see reduction of mass shooter crime, but from where I sit, I think we need to look at more than just the gun, but what are troubled teens doing, medicines taken, red flags...."