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An AR-15 once again made an appearance at a mass shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, at a high school, on Valentine’s Day. The suspect in the shooting purchased the semiautomatic rifle about a year earlier, according to a law enforcement official. 

AR-style rifles have appeared in some of the deadliest shootings in the past few years, including a concert in Las Vegas, a nightclub in Orlando, a church in Texas and an elementary school in Connecticut.  

In 1994, an assault-weapons ban signed by President Bill Clinton outlawed the AR-15. But the law had a lot of loopholes and gun manufacturers circumvented it by modifying the weapons. The ban was written to expire after ten years and was lifted in 2004. Democrats tried to renew it, but there wasn’t much interest in Congress. I think President Trump can do the same but make stronger impact on banning assault-weapons. If you buy an AR-15 for sports, gun stores should ask the buyer for sporting proof. This weapon should not be used for hunting.