After reading Mr. Ciaffoni's letter (Mailbag, March 5), I was curious about the 2004 DOJ study results on the 10-year ban of assault rifles. After reading it, I found very different information than the statement "The 10-year 1994 assault weapons ban did nothing to prevent mass murders, according to the Department of Justice"
What the DOJ report said was that since there were few assault rifles out there in private hands, they were used in far fewer incidents of violence. Automatic pistols were far more common and used far more since they were available. Plus, the smaller clips for the assault rifles cut back on the amount of damage that they could do. I would also note that armor piercing ammo and body armor were not available to the general public.
As far as the rest of his conclusions about what needs to be changed and improved, all I can ask is that people remember the budget axe called sequestration. It added automatic spending cuts when a budget deal wasn't reached that were destructive to functions of the country. In the Florida School shootings case, the infrastructure needed to handle the killer's rage weren't available because they didn't have the budget in the county to handle severe problems.
Sadly, many states, counties, and cities don't have the money needed for the support people and their training to keep us safe.
Lebanon (March 6)