“I don’t want my daughters to have to grow up in a country that won’t protect them from firearm violence,” Duckworth wrote on Twitter. “People are dying and Congress has a duty to act. My colleagues and I introduced a ban on assault weapons. Enough is enough.”
Duckworth is one of 34 Democrat co-sponsors on the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” a bill put forward by Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week. The legislation bans 205 different firearms and ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds.
This will do virtually nothing to stop gun crime, which is overwhelmingly the province of gangs and criminal elements who by definition do not obey laws. Stricter gun control laws will only harass law-abiding gun owners, which is in line with what the anti-Second Amendment Democrats want: to disarm law-abiding American citizens.
A similar ban existed at the federal level from 1994-2004. The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice issued a report after the ban expired which noted that its impact on crime was negligible.
If Duckworth wants her daughters protected, she should encourage legal gun ownership and crack down on hardcore criminals instead. But that will never happen, and her daughters and the children of her constituents will be more likely to suffer for it.