Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Introduce New Bill Banning Assault Weapons
Sick and tired of people killing each other, Democratic leaders, including San Francisco's Dianne Feinstein, are using the horrific school shooting in Connecticut to seriously pounce on gun control.
Sick of it
Feinstein (D-Calif.) went on Meet the Press yesterday morning to announce her intentions to stamp out "war weapons" in America. She plans to do this next year when she will introduce legislation to ban new assault weapons, as well big clips, drums, and high-capacity magazines like those used by Adam Lanza in the deadly Dec. 14 school shooting.
"It can be done," Feinstein told NBC's Meet the Press. Note to avid gun-toters: Her ban would exclude more than 900 specific weapons, she added.
Gun control is always a hot topic, but after the Friday massacre, Feinstein says she's not messing around; she will make this ban her first priority in the New Year, and said "We'll be prepared to go -- and I hope the nation will be prepared to help."
Her comments came just two days after 20-year-old Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., spraying bullets that killed 27 people. Twenty kids -- all ages 6 and 7 -- died in the nation's second-biggest school shooting.
In the 1990s, Congress enacted a 10-year ban on assault weapons; however, that ban expired in 2004, and since then, politicians haven't done much to oppose the gun lobbyists.
"I hope and trust that in the next session of Congress there will be sustained and thoughtful debate about America's gun culture and out responsibility to prevent more loss of life," Feinstein said in a statement after Friday's shooting.
She noted that gun violence had taken the lives of more than 8,000 Americans last year.