Waldman is unsurprised that 88 percent of gun homicides are committed with handguns:
[D]espite the greater amount of attention given the assault weapons ban, it isn’t the most significant proposal currently on offer; that would be universal background checks. And dropping the assault-weapons ban may end up being the price of getting other proposals through Congress. If the ban gets killed along the way, pro-gun members of Congress can tell their constituents they fought against the most visible restriction on guns being debated, and only signed on to more modest, common-sense (to use everyone’s new favorite expression) reforms that everyone but the most extreme gun nuts can agree on. And that wouldn’t be too terrible an outcome, provided the other measures pass.