Breitbart by AWR Hawkins 13 Sep 2020
Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden claimed on Sunday that a ban on â€œassault weaponsâ€ and â€œhigh-capacityâ€ magazines would save lives.
He did this via a tweet referencing the 1994 federal â€œassault weaponsâ€ ban:
26 years ago today, the Senate passed 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazinesâ€”it was an effort I was proud to champion.
These bans saved lives, and Congress should have never let them expire.
As president, Iâ€™ll take on the @NRA and weâ€™ll ban them once again.
â€” Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2020
Bidenâ€™s tweet ignores the Department of Justiceâ€™s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report which showed the federal â€œassault weaponsâ€ ban had a negligible effect on crime at best.
The Washington Times quoted University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher Koper, author of the NIJ report, saying, â€œWe cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nationâ€™s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.â€