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President to Push Extending Ban on Assault Weapons

There are a few stories floating around the controversial assault weapon ban that is set to expire September 2004 (which makes it a hot-button issue for the 2004 presidential campaign). An article at the Washington Post details how Democrats are shunning further gun control issues and are turning heel on many issues, such as protecting stores and manufacturers from liability, certainly a tort reform for the industry. The WashPost article also mentioned that Bush would likely support extending the assault weapon ban: “The president has announced that he supports the assault ban, and it would be helpful if he used his good offices to do that” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

The Libertarian Party, which is traditionally a hard-liner on second amendment rights, has also picked up on the sunset provision and has their own story: Bush gun control plan is threat to homeland security. Some examples for lessened gun control appear over the top: “Fortunately, terrorists carrying semi-automatic rifles haven’t yet stormed a shopping mall, an office park or a busy urban area, but they could,” Neale said. “If that happens, shouldn’t their victims be able to shoot back with the same weapons the terrorists are using?”. However, an important point was made: “According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, assault weapons are used in less than 1 percent of violent crimes, and the FBI admits that far more people are killed every year by knives and blunt objects than by any kind of rifle, including an ‘assault rifle,’ ” he said. “So banning assault weapons to protect public safety makes as much sense as banning knives and baseball bats.”

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at July 24, 2003 1:02 PM