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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Feinstein admits assualt weapons ban faces a tough fight

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group.

Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds. The White House and fellow Democrats are skeptical the measure is going anywhere, given lawmakers who are looking toward re-election might fear pro-gun voters and the National Rifle Association.

“This has always been an uphill fight. This has never been easy. This is the hardest of the hard,” Feinstein said.

“I think I can get it passed because the American people are very much for it,” Feinstein said of the measure that follows a similar measure she championed into law 1994 but expired a decade later.

She acknowledged, however, the NRA’s political clout.

“They come after you. They put together large amounts of money to defeat you,” Feinstein said.

She also said the group was a pawn of those who make weapons.

“The NRA is venal. … The NRA has become an institution of gun manufacturers,” she said.

The NRA disputed her characterization.

“The NRA is a grass-roots organization. We have more than 4 million dues-paying members and tens of millions of supporters all across this country. Our political power comes from them. Decent and logical people would understand that,” spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal on Wednesday and hear from the NRA’s CEO and senior vice president, Wayne LaPierre. Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in an assassination attempt, also plans to testify.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, said Congress should focus on the causes of violence and not the weapons alone.

“We need to look beyond just recycling failed policies of the past. … Let’s go beyond just this debate and make sure we get deeper. What’s our policy on mental illness? What’s going on in our culture that produces this kind of thing? You know, we need to have that kind of a discussion and debate,” Ryan said.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., also urged lawmakers to consider mental health issues.

“When I hear some of this conversation, I think that we’re looking at symptoms, we’re not looking at the root causes,” she said. “And I understand the senator’s passion for this, but I got to tell you, an assault ban is not the answer to helping keep people safe.”

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who favors the assault weapons ban, expressed skepticism that it would be returned to law.

“It’s probably a heavy lift in Congress,” he said.

In the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. In December, President Barack Obama has pushed to expanded background checks, restoring the assault weapons ban and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. But members of his own party may thwart his hopes.

Feinstein appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” Ryan was on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Blackburn and Kelly were on CBS.

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7 thoughts on “Feinstein admits assualt weapons ban faces a tough fight”

  1. We need to limit Senators to 2 terms and leave our firearms and magazine capacities alone. This would make the USA safer for us all.

    If bans on assault weapons are so effective, how did the Columbine shooting occur?

    If bans on assault weapons don’t stop violent/insane criminals, just what are they good for?

    Why would a government push to disarm citizens right before it is about to collapse fiscally?

    Why did Homeland Security just order switchable semi/fully automatic assault weapons for “personal defense” purposes, citing them as ideal for defense situations?

    They can’t possibly want to hunt with them!

    Why has SSA, FDA, and other agencies ordered millions of rounds of hollow point bullets?

    Why has the TSA ordered thousands of bullet proof booths similar to toll booths, including a red/green signal light?

    Things are about to change and in a big way.

  2. And many of those kids literally lost their heads because that nut job had a bushmaster with extended magazine that could be fire nearly as fast as an automatic assault rifle. No guard with a handgun would stand a chance of stopping a nut determined to slaughter with a weapon whose only purpose is for killing.

    Rifles of that nature should be banned now!!

    • Not true. Studies have shown that simply the sound of another firearm being discharged will slow the pace of a shooter as they become more cautious and in fear of their own well-being. One can fire wildly in the air and shooter will look for cover before resuming the attack. While they may not ultimately prevail over the attacker, it could have slowed the attack and perhaps saved a few more children in the chaos of the melee.

      I’m surprised as a big game hunter you don’t know these things. When you are hunting and another hunter fires near your position you never flinch or instinctively duck or kneel down?

      • I’m surprised as a big game hunter you don’t know these things. When you are hunting and another hunter fires near your position you never flinch or instinctively duck or kneel down?

        You really are funny woody! 🙂

        No, I neither flinch, duck nor kneel down. What I do though is to stay alert in the hopes that the shooter has missed the shot and that I myself may get the chance to take down the animal.

  3. “All 26 children and adults killed were shot more than once, and some as many as 11 times, according to H. Wayne Carver II, the state’s medical examiner. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 56. The children — 12 girls and eight boys — were all 6 or 7 years old, and the adults were all women.”

    Each Child Killed in Newtown Massacre Shot More Than Once – Bloomberg 12/16/2012

  4. Hey! What are those evil-looking objects behind the lovely senator? I wonder if she travels alone, or with armed security? I wonder where she got those?

    I wonder…

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