WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED
by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus
In response to U.S. Federal Judge Benetiz’s ruling on June 4, 2021, to overturn California’s 32 year-old assault weapons ban and comparing it to a Swiss Army Knife, CA Attorney General Bonta said in a news release, “There is no sound basis in law, fact, or common sense for equating assault rifles with Swiss Army knives. California Governor Gavin Newson called the ruling “a direct threat to public safety.”
Most relevant is why the California legislature passed the 1989 Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA). The playground at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA was filled with children at recess on Jan. 17, 1989, when a white man with an AR-15 Assault Weapon murdered five Asian children: 6-year-old Sokhim An; Thuy Tran, Oeun Lim, Ram Chun all age 8; and 9-year-old Rathanar Or; and severely wounding 29 others – before killing himself.
The AWCA was passed quickly after the tragic mass shooting on a schoolyard in Stockton CA. This was a direct response by the California Legislature to the brutal shooting deaths of schoolchildren on the playground of their school: Cleveland Elementary School shooting. Continue reading “WHY AR-15 ASSAULT WEAPONS MUST BE BANNED”