Congressional Democrats Should Renew Assault Weapons Ban Now

President Clinton signed the assault weapons ban law into effect, and it expired in 2004.  President Bush has stated he favored its renewal, but Congress didn't send him the bill.  


WASHINGTON -- The expiration of the 10-year-old ban on 19 types of assault weapons Monday drove up business at some gun stores and set off sparks in the political world.
John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, said President Bush had failed tests of character and leadership. But the National Rifle Association lauded the demise of what it called a "misguided law, which had no effect on the actions of criminals, but penalized law-abiding citizens."

Bush said in the 2000 campaign that he would sign an extension of the 10-year ban on the semiautomatic weapons. However, he did not press Congress to send him such a bill, and its Republican leaders never did.

"Why didn't you ask, Mr. President?" Kerry asked, surrounded by police officers and gun violence victims at a community center here. "Why didn't you fight for it?"


This problem can be easily remedied if Congressional Democrats pass renewal legislation immediately.  In the wake of the tragic events which have occured today, and will continue to occur in the future unless we do something differently, the Democrats ought to take a measured response.  This is that response.

Bush has already agreed to sign such legislation, and thus would be under immense pressure to do so.  Democrats would also benefit because they would have taken a defining moral stand on a tragically relevant issue. But more than being just good politics, this measure would be great for the country.

Tags: Assault Weapons Ban, Congress, Democratic Party (all tags)

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5 Comments

Hunting Deer

I've never known a hunter to need automatic weapons to shoot a deer.  Or an elk.  Or even rabbits and small rodents.  

Ammunition clips should also be looked at.  I've never known a hunter who needed them.  And I've never heard a good reason for needing to use them except for fast re-loading when you are shooting a lot of targets really, really fast.

by hilltopper 2007-04-16 06:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Congressional Democrats Should Renew Assault W

of course i would support this..but am hoping for more.....

by serge in dc 2007-04-16 06:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Congressional Democrats Should Renew Assault W

This would be an excellent first step that would both change the debate and even have a decent chance of getting enacted.  

by gobacktotexas 2007-04-16 06:54PM | 0 recs
Excellent Idea

Both as policy and politics.

It's often quite hard for people to follow what Congress is doing--particularly with the media in its current dysfunctional meltdown state.  But this would definitely cut through the fog--and have plenty of support from those notorious swing voters.

Both of them.

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-04-17 04:52AM | 0 recs
CALL YOUR SENATOR

Today.

Right now.

This was caused by MULTI-ROUND MAGAZINES.  These were banned under the Assault Weapons Ban, which the Repukeliscum let lapse.  This is EXACTLY why this happened.

by dataguy 2007-04-17 05:50AM | 0 recs

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