The Long, Sordid History of “Assault Weapons”

After a psycho — there’s really no more accurate way to describe him — shot 40 people, killing 21 of them in San Ysidro, California McDonald’s in 1984, Assemblyman Art Agnos had this to say: “The only use for assault weapons is to shoot people,” Agnos told the Assembly Public Safety Committee in June 1985. […]