Murdoch-Owned New York Post Calls for Assault Weapons Ban

After two mass shootings in 24 hours, the paper’s front page demands we “ban weapons of war”

New York Post weapons ban
New York Post

The Murdoch-owned New York Post led its Monday edition with a timely editorial calling to “ban weapons of war” after the latest spate of mass shootings in the U.S.

The paper specifically called for a restoration of the 1994 federal ban on assault-style weapons like the one used in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday; a previous prohibition on that class of guns expired in 2004 and was not renewed by the Republican-led Congress at the time.

“Yes, we know the president regularly praises the Second Amendment and received the National Rifle Association’s support in the 2016 race,” the paper wrote. “But the Second Amendment leaves ample room for regulating gun rights, just as every other constitutional right has its limits.”

The Post editorial also referenced a tweet from President Donald Trump: “God bless the people of El Paso, Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”

Then, the Post responded: “God save us all, sir. People all across the nation are scared; many feel like the country is spinning out of control. They’re looking to their leaders for more than prayers.”

It goes on to appeal directly to Trump to “[c]ome up with answers. Now. Beginning with the return of an assault-weapons ban.”

The editorial comes after the U.S. was struck by two deadly mass shootings in less than 24 hours that killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more — first at an El Paso Walmart and mall, where 20 people died, and then early Sunday morning outside a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed another 10 lives, including the suspect’s.

It also comes one week after a deadly multiple shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that killed three people.

The Post joins a growing list of activists and celebrities speaking out after the week’s attacks.