There have been at least 84 mass shootings since 1982, and the majority of mass shooters possessed high capacity magazines, assault weapons or both. Of the 143 weapons used by mass shooters, 48 would have been banned by the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 that failed to pass Congress.
But The Washington Post's Michael Rosenwald reveals an inconvenient truth with pinning most mass shootings on assault rifles:
Lost in the diatribes about banning assault weapons is this inconvenient fact: the vast majority of mass shooters use handguns, not assault rifles, in their attacks. That includes Seung-Hui Cho, who used two handguns, including a Glock 19, in 2007 to kill 32 people at Virginia Tech University, the previous worst mass shooting in American history.
Banning assault weapons keeps dangerous weapons out of the hands of bad people.