In light of the recent tragedy, many of us have chosen to look back on the Clinton era assault weapons ban with tremendous nostalgia, ignoring the fact that the assault weapon ban signed into law in 1994 was a colossal failure.
Two of the most famous tragedies of the '90s utilizing this brand of weapon happened after the ban was signed into law —namely the North Hollywood shootout and the Columbine high school massacre.
Even worse, the legislation did not cover "military weapons" that so often people speak of, but rather cosmetic features that had little to no impact on the functionality of the weapon.
We are all heartbroken by this tragedy, but that is no excuse for us to resurrect one of the biggest failures of legislation in recent history.
Mark A. Goodwin
- In our opinion: Legislators need to better...
- My view: The solution to Utah's water problems
- Dan Liljenquist: What we learned from the...
- My view: Is the Division of Water Resources...
- My view: Get insurance out of health care
- My view: hippies, 2 Hell's Angels, one...
- Last year's Utah Compromise is a model in...
- Richard Davis: Do presidents have to be...
- Richard Davis: Do presidents have to be... 55
- My view: Get insurance out of health care 47
- My view: Obama's veto won't save Obamacare 34
- In our opinion: Attempting to... 32
- My view: 'Death with dignity' and... 27
- In our opinion: Concerned voters a good... 23
- Trump and Sanders 22
- John Hoffmire: Electric cars and the... 20