OK, Can Anybody Explain What the Hell They’re Saying?

JoinTogether has this little blurb up:

Assault-Weapons Ban Has Little Effect on Gun Makers

As the debate continues on whether to extend the federal assault-weapons ban, firearms experts say the ban has had only a slight financial impact on gun manufacturers, CNS News reported May 27.

“As an overall industry, the ban didn’t have that much of an effect one way or the other,” said Andrew Molchan, publisher and editor of the American Firearms Industry, which tracks production and sales of firearms.

While some smaller companies may have suffered more of a financial impact, Molchan said large gun manufacturers maintained profitability because they successfully adapted their products to match the law’s requirements.

Bushmaster Firearms of Windham, Maine, for instance, increased its sales by 900 percent since the 1994 ban. However, the company is opposed to the ban’s extension.

Bushmaster makes nothing but “assault weapons” as defined by these morons. And they’ve had a 900% increase in sales! Ooooh! What a great law!

Gun-control advocates argue that allowing the ban to expire would erase the progress made in fighting crime caused by assault weapons.

What progress? The incidence of “assault weapons used in crimes” is so low that you can’t draw a statistical conclusion! And it also depends on how you define assault weapons. In this piece I showed that the Gun Ban Violence Policy Center misidentified 19 firearms as “assault rifles” used in the killings of police officers. I guess it all depends on how you twist the data to meet your agenda.

“We’ll see the manufacture of what are now banned weapons returning to circulation,” said Rob Wilcox, spokesman of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “They obviously have a certain appeal to the criminal element.”

Oh yeah. Criminals really dig those flashhiders and bayonet lugs.

Sheesh.

So, what are they saying? Don’t extend the ban because it didn’t hurt the “assault weapon” manufacturers? Do extend the ban because it helped reduce gun crime? Does anyone else detect a bit of wishy-washyness here?

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