September 22 will not be March Fourth. However that’s the day that the March Fourth group might be holding one other march in Washington, DC. March Fourth describes itself as a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy group “with a singular mission: to federally ban assault weapons.” So the September 22 March Fourth march might be a solution to urge the U.S. Senate to go a bill that was authored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) and received via the U.S. Home of Representatives as H.R. 1808 on July 29. This invoice bears the title “Assault Weapons Ban of 2022,” and would make it “illegal for an individual to import, promote, manufacture, switch, or possess, in or affecting interstate or overseas commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.” The emphasis right here is on the phrase “would” as a result of the invoice would wish to get no less than 60 votes within the U.S. Senate to go.
That’s why March Fourth has put forth the next tweet and video prematurely of the march:
Now, it looks like the folks within the video could have been utilizing just a bit little bit of sarcasm in what they had been saying, maybe? For instance, there have been the folks saying issues like “I need to be fearful each time I’m in an open space in a public place,” and, “I need to take into consideration how utterly susceptible I’m whereas I’m closing my eyes to hope at my place of worship,” in addition to, “I get pleasure from working towards semi-annual lockdown drills with six 12 months olds who don’t totally perceive what’s occurring.” Then there was the man who said in a Michael Douglas-like voice, “I like going to the films and making a psychological word of each exit within the theater to plan my escape,” and the girl with the guitar dead-panning, “I hope that our set is interrupted by loud percussive sounds that trigger the viewers to scream in horror and run for his or her lives.” And what in regards to the man who declared, “I need to consider this dumpster as hiding place for my child,” as a result of what could possibly be extra pleasant than a kid-in-a-dumpster?
Subsequent, every of parents mentioned that the liberty to expertise every of these “fantastic” issues had been causes not to march on September 22. Talking of freedom, a person standing in entrance of an American flag within the video emphasised, “I need to have fun our nation’s freedom by worrying that I’ll find yourself bleeding out on the pavement whereas being trampled by terrified parade goers.” The video then proceeded to show a collage of individuals chiming in with, “I like that anybody can simply entry weapons of destruction, weapons of warfare, designed to kill the best variety of folks within the least period of time.” The entire thing concluded with the phrases, “On September 22, we’re marching on the U.S. Capitol to ban assault weapons,” adopted by the query “why” and the reply, “There’s no good cause to not.”
Yeah, it could sort of good if all the issues talked about within the video didn’t truly occur just lately. However hiding in dumpsters, bleeding on pavements, having to plan escapes, conducting lockdown drills, and screaming in horror have grow to be all to frequent within the U.S. That’s led to repeated calls to do greater than nothing about stopping mass shootings, which, in flip, prompted Cicilline to draft H.R. 1808.
H.R. 1808 will not be a totally new concept. Fairly the opposite. From 1994 to 2004, our nation truly had an assault weapons ban for ten years after being signed into legislation by then-President Invoice Clinton. The legislation was allowed to lapse in 2004 and was by no means re-enacted, regardless of research exhibiting that mass taking pictures deaths had decreased through the ban. One such examine was published in the American Journal of Surgery in 2022 whereas one other was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in 2019. So an assault weapons ban could possibly be sort of a let’s-try-something-that-has-worked-before-unless-someone-can-come-up-with-something-better scenario. Oh and if you’re questioning why there haven’t been extra research on how one can forestall gun violence, the U.S. Congress had restricted funding for gun violence analysis for over 20 years, as I covered for Forbes in 2019.
Scientific proof could assist the re-enactment of such a ban however you understand how a lot varied political leaders take heed to actual science today. The Home vote H.R. 1808 was a little bit of a political get together in the united statesA. scenario. It fell largely alongside get together traces with 217 largely Democrats in favor and 213 largely Republicans opposed. Solely two Republicans and 5 Democrats crossed get together traces within the vote. The invoice now’s within the palms of the U.S. Senate the place it’s almost certainly going to be doomed ought to an identical get together divide be maintained. Once more the invoice would wish no less than 60 votes to go the Senate, which might imply no less than 10 Republicans must vote for the invoice. So the invoice is definitely not out of the woulds but.
So March Fourth could also be going through an uphill march. Kitty Brandtner based March Fourth two days following the after the mass taking pictures at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. That taking pictures left seven folks lifeless and 48 others wounded. The shooter had used a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semiautomatic rifle with three 30-round magazines to fireside 83 pictures. 9 days after the taking pictures March Fourth held a march in Washington, DC, that included survivors from the Highland Park mass taking pictures in addition to different mass shootings such because the one in Uvalde, Texas. Sadly, today it’s not tough to seek out survivors and relations of victims of mass shootings within the U.S. Since then, members of March Fourth have been assembly with members of Congress and the White Home to advocate for a ban on assault weapons.
America clearly has a gun violence drawback, with already over 31,000 gun violence deaths in 2022 alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Healthcare researchers and professionals have been clamoring for extra to be accomplished about this continued bloodshed, as I reported for Forbes on August 2. Once more scientific research have proven drops in mass shootings through the earlier ten-year assault weapon ban whereas these against such a ban have probably not supplied a lot scientific counter-evidence. One factor’s for certain the U.S. can’t actually go forth with the present scenario and count on gun violence to easily march away.