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Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill

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The leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate on Tuesday dropped a proposed assault weapons ban from the chamber’s gun-control package – dealing a blow to supporters of the ban, though it could still come up for a vote.

The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed that Reid told her the proposed ban would not be in the initial package. Feinstein said she's "disappointed" with the decision, and is expected to nevertheless offer it as an amendment.

But the move by Reid to cut it from the main bill signals a lack of congressional support for a proposal that would not only revive, but strengthen, the decade-long ban that expired in 2004.

The proposed ban passed was passed last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with three other measures. The others dealt with providing more school safety aid, expanding federal background checks on potential gun buyers and helping authorities prosecute illegal gun traffickers.

Feinstein has led the gun-control charge since President Obama called for federal legislation in the wake of the Newtown and other mass shootings.

The assault weapons ban was the most controversial of the major proposals to restrict guns that have been advanced by Obama and Senate Democrats. Because of that, it had been expected that the assault weapons measure would be left out of the initial package the Senate considers, with Democrats hoping the Senate could in turn amass the strongest possible vote for the overall legislation.

There are 53 Democrats in the Senate, plus two independents who usually vote with them.

Having a separate vote on assault weapons might free moderate Democratic senators facing re-election next year in Republican-leaning states to vote against the assault weapons measure, but then support the remaining overall package of gun curbs.

Gun control supporters consider a strong Senate vote important because the Republican-run House has shown little enthusiasm for most of Obama's proposals.

Feinstein said Reid told her there would be two additional votes. One would be on her assault weapons ban, which also includes a ban on ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. The second would just be on prohibiting the high-capacity magazine clips.

Many Democrats think the ban on large-capacity magazines has a better chance of getting 60 votes than the assault weapons ban.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/19/reid-cuts-assault-weapons-ban-from-senate-gun-control-bill-amid-waning-support/#ixzz2O1the0NE

grandma B

by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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Mystres
by Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

this


Quoting TranquilMind:

No, she will stick it in on an unrelated bill about corn or something, hoping no one catches it.  That's how they play the game in Washington. 



lga1965
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Here is a different opinion ....I agree with this:

 http://news.yahoo.com/cowardly-congress-ruthless-nra-impotent-obama-conspire-against-092719796--politics.html

I don’t have the words to describe the cowardice of Congress or the depravity of the gun lobby, which conspired to kill the assault-weapons ban. I can’t explain the apparent impotence of President Obama who vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to convert the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School into commonsense common good.

Fortunately, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News found the words:

Any fool knows that [Adam] Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the president and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy: If not now for a ban on these weapons, when?”

His must-read column was illustrated by the pictures of 20 slain Sandy Hook students and this headline: “Shame On U.S.”

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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 Of course you do, Iga.  We all know that you agree with anything remotely left wingish.  We also know you don't know squat about guns, ergo, you're opinions on them are insignificant.

Quoting lga1965:

Here is a different opinion ....I agree with this:

 http://news.yahoo.com/cowardly-congress-ruthless-nra-impotent-obama-conspire-against-092719796--politics.html

I don’t have the words to describe the cowardice of Congress or the depravity of the gun lobby, which conspired to kill the assault-weapons ban. I can’t explain the apparent impotence of President Obama who vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to convert the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School into commonsense common good.

Fortunately, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News found the words:

Any fool knows that [Adam] Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the president and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy: If not now for a ban on these weapons, when?”

His must-read column was illustrated by the pictures of 20 slain Sandy Hook students and this headline: “Shame On U.S.”

 

grandma B

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Glad to hear it.  Now let's get the whole thing banned all together.  The federal control measures we have are enough.

lga1965
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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 That is absolutely right. I know nothing abut guns and that is the way I want it.I refuse to own one or approve of ordinary citizens owning weapons that can kill many people in a very short time. Hunting and eating what you shoot is totally different.

But yes, you are right that I know nothing about guns and I do tend toward the left as I get older and wiser .

But I thought what was written at the LINK I provided was good. He has a right to his opinion and there is no reason why I can't post it here.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Of course you do, Iga.  We all know that you agree with anything remotely left wingish.  We also know you don't know squat about guns, ergo, you're opinions on them are insignificant.

Quoting lga1965:

Here is a different opinion ....I agree with this:

 http://news.yahoo.com/cowardly-congress-ruthless-nra-impotent-obama-conspire-against-092719796--politics.html

I don’t have the words to describe the cowardice of Congress or the depravity of the gun lobby, which conspired to kill the assault-weapons ban. I can’t explain the apparent impotence of President Obama who vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to convert the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School into commonsense common good.

Fortunately, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News found the words:

Any fool knows that [Adam] Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the president and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy: If not now for a ban on these weapons, when?”

His must-read column was illustrated by the pictures of 20 slain Sandy Hook students and this headline: “Shame On U.S.”

 

 

LIMom1105
by Bronze Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Thank you for posting this. I am extremely disappointed that this happened, and Obama stands by. Still think he's coming for our guns? 

He wrote a great opinion piece, and I agree, if nothing happens now to change the ease with which people can kill large numbers of humans in a short time, when? What would it take? The slaughter of babies in a hospital nursery?

I don't understand the insane love affair so many in this country have with guns. Never will.

Quoting lga1965:

Here is a different opinion ....I agree with this:

 http://news.yahoo.com/cowardly-congress-ruthless-nra-impotent-obama-conspire-against-092719796--politics.html

I don’t have the words to describe the cowardice of Congress or the depravity of the gun lobby, which conspired to kill the assault-weapons ban. I can’t explain the apparent impotence of President Obama who vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to convert the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School into commonsense common good.

Fortunately, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News found the words:

Any fool knows that [Adam] Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the president and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy: If not now for a ban on these weapons, when?”

His must-read column was illustrated by the pictures of 20 slain Sandy Hook students and this headline: “Shame On U.S.”


lga1965
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

 You're welcome. I don't understand it either.

The first thing I thought of was "How about that?The President isn't going to take away everyone's guns"....ironic.

I am very upset that they have dropped the assault weapons ban.

Quoting LIMom1105:

Thank you for posting this. I am extremely disappointed that this happened, and Obama stands by. Still think he's coming for our guns? 

He wrote a great opinion piece, and I agree, if nothing happens now to change the ease with which people can kill large numbers of humans in a short time, when? What would it take? The slaughter of babies in a hospital nursery?

I don't understand the insane love affair so many in this country have with guns. Never will.

Quoting lga1965:

Here is a different opinion ....I agree with this:

 http://news.yahoo.com/cowardly-congress-ruthless-nra-impotent-obama-conspire-against-092719796--politics.html

I don’t have the words to describe the cowardice of Congress or the depravity of the gun lobby, which conspired to kill the assault-weapons ban. I can’t explain the apparent impotence of President Obama who vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to convert the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School into commonsense common good.

Fortunately, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News found the words:

Any fool knows that [Adam] Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the president and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy: If not now for a ban on these weapons, when?”

His must-read column was illustrated by the pictures of 20 slain Sandy Hook students and this headline: “Shame On U.S.”


 

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