“Well, the amount of gun violence since we passed the assault weapons ban and the Brady law is down considerably,” Schumer said.
This is a twist of logic. Firstly, the assault weapons ban has been off the books now for eight years, so it is a big stretch to say it factors into what is happening today. Further, since the assault weapons ban lapsed, every state except Illinois has passed some sort of concealed-carry law meaning that there are more guns “on the street,” as more law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry their firearms everywhere they go.
So, logically, if Schumer is saying that gun bans work and he’s pointing to the lower numbers of gun violence as “proof,” the fact that more guns are being carried should have made gun violence go up. Yet, it hasn’t. As Schumer correctly noted, it has gone down. The facts undermine his argument entirely.