Federal judge OVERTURNS California’s assault weapons ban, sparks liberal pushback for comparing AR-15 rifle with Swiss Army knife
"Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment," US District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California stated in his ruling on Friday.Also on rt.com Biden singles out ‘white supremacist terrorism’ as the most lethal threat to America, as he pushes for gun control & police reform
Benitez went on to argue that California’s 1989 Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA), which banned specific makes and models of assault weapons in the state, was unconstitutional and a by-product of “incorrect” interpretation of the Second Amendment at the time. The judge pointed out that “prior to 2008, lower court opinions did not acknowledge that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to own firearms, or that the right applied against the states.”
Brushing off the argument that AR-15-style rifles should not be covered by the Second Amendment because they are too dangerous to handle, Benitez called the outlawed assault weapons “fairly ordinary, popular rifles.”
The banned “assault weapons” are not bazookas, howitzers, or machineguns... This is an average case about average guns used in average ways for average purposes
The judge, however, afforded the proponents of a blanket ban on assault rifles some slack, accusing the media of demonizing the rifle that has become a symbol of mass shootings in the US.
“One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles,” Benitez wrote, noting that the facts defy this “hyperbole.” Citing statistics reported by the FBI in 2019, he pointed out that there were seven times more deadly stabbings than shootings, where any type of rifle was used. “A Californian is three times more likely to be murdered by an attacker’s bare hands, fists, or feet, than by his rifle,” Benitez wrote.
The ruling, which is unprecedented in nature, has sent shockwaves across the Califorian political elite, with state Attorney General Rob Bonta announcing that he would be appealing what he lambasted as a “fundamentally flawed” decision.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is facing an upcoming recall election, took particular issue with the comparison of an AR-15 to an Swiss Army knife, calling it “a disgusting slap in the face to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.”
Overturning CA’s assault weapon ban and comparing an AR-15 to a SWISS ARMY KNIFE is a disgusting slap in the face to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.This is a direct threat to public safety and innocent Californians. We won’t stand for it. https://t.co/feL5BABTXa— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 5, 2021
In a separate tweet, Newsom recalled all the recent instances in which AR-15-style firearms were allegedly used by the perpetrators of mass shootings.
Aurora: AR-15Boulder: AR-15Midland: AR-15Parkland: AR-15Las Vegas: AR-15Sandy Hook: AR-15San Bernardino: AR-15Poway Synagogue: AR-15Sutherland Springs: AR-15Tree of Life Synagogue: AR-15An AR-15 is not a Swiss Army knife.https://t.co/IL9tTtXQLA— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 5, 2021
Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) denounced the ruling as “an insult to all families and communities torn apart by gun violence," while activist and musician Ricky Davila labeled the judge “a lunatic” and a “mass murder supporter.”
California’s 32 year assault weapons ban has been overturned by a lunatic in judgeship named Roger Benitez who actually compared an AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife, calling it a perfect home weapon.This mass murder supporter should be impeached. Absolutely disgusting.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 5, 2021
Liberal political commentator Keith Olbermann did not mince his words either, calling Benitez “a death-worshipping fascist.”
Senator Bernie Sanders also weighed in, arguing that AR-15 rifles are “military-style weapons.” “This decision should be appealed and overturned,” he tweeted.
Conservatives, on the other hand, welcomed the ruling.
Judge Benitez's ruling is great, but it's going to get reversed on appeal for sureOH WAIT NO IT WON'T WE HAVE A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY ON THE COURTThank you President Trump— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) June 5, 2021
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