Edge on Demand: Weapons, Bras and Santa

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For the first time in 20 years, the majority of Americans oppose banning assault weapons in the United States. According to a new survey from ABC News and the Washington Post, 53 percent of Americans are against such a ban, and 45 percent support it. That’s down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994.

The reason? The majority of Americans surveyed expressed doubt that authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, and believe it’s up to armed citizens to help.

Meanwhile: house Democrats are pushing legislation that would ban assault weapons in the United States. Under the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, gun owners who already have assault weapons would be allowed to keep them, but could face challenges down the road when trying to resell the guns.

House Democrats say the law would also close the so-called “Charleston loophole”, which allows gun dealers to sell a weapon after three days if the FBI fails to complete a background check in that time frame.

So what do you think? Should assault weapons be banned in America?

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