by GREG RUSSAK
If it feels like gun violence has gotten worse since the expiration of the assault weapons ban, it has.
This Facebook meme was the topic of some discussion today.
Predictably, there were opinions in support of and in opposition to the proposition that mass killings are up since the assault weapons ban was allowed to expire.
Is there a cause and effect as the meme clearly implies? I don’t know so let’s put that debate aside for the moment and just look at some facts and some data.
I love facts and data. They don’t lie and they have no agenda (except in the hands of those with one).
I don’t deny that I support some pretty significant changes to gun laws as a way to have an effect on gun violence. As for the data, here’s the most extensive analysis I’ve found so far. Most of it comes from Mother Jones. [MORE]