The USCCB appears to have done no homework before they decided to enter into the political discussion.
There are an estimated 110 million rifles and 86 million shotguns privately owned in the US. And because there is that nasty little law which says that one cannot be held criminal ofr what was previously permitted conduct (woning a high powered rifle) and because the 2nd Amendment is not going to go away, taking them from us is not foing to work.
Perhaps they have some law in mind which would not be an ex post facto law, and would not interfere with the right to purchase a high powered rifle of a law abiding citizen, but instead of actually proposing something, they do the liberal “guns need to be regulated” addition to what would otherwise be an eminently sensible comment: to wit, that the gun laws we have on the books need to be followed.
The first issue they bring up is the liberal rant which uses emotional language to create fear. It is the :assault weapons ban" language.
For starters, none of the weapons which were banned were assault weapons. I was in Vietnam and I carried an M-16. That was one of the assault weapons we had - and all the others, with the exception of the grenade launcher were capable of full automatic. The AR-16 is not manufactured as capable of full automatic. it is a semi automatic dressed up with a hand guard and a pistol grip. The same exact rifle - semi automatic, .215 cartridge as the Remington Ranch Rifle comes with a wood stock and looks like other rifles, and would not come under the ban. Why? Because liberals are not as scared of it. furthermore, according the FBI Statistics, in the vast majority of crimes committed with a weapon, rifles of any sort are not featured. They use hand guns - pistols and revolvers, and occasionally shotguns.
Out of the over 600 murders in Chicago this year, according to police reports, possibly 33 were by rifle, as the Hispanic gangs have been seeking to increase their fire power. However, short of gang warfare, rifles are not used in most robberies and burglaries - they are too cumbersome, unwieldly, and are not concealable…
There are a multitude of laws on the books criminalizing gun trafficking. Chicago is a prime example of a city that will not cooperate in federal prosecutions of the existing laws.
The same can be said for background checks; the law i s on the books, but if a federal agency does not report what is needed, a background check will not be effective. The shooter in Texas applied for a concealed permit; Texas had sufficient information to deny him but the federal check failed. We don’t need more laws there; we need to work on the ones we have.