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Assault weapons ban down for the count

Assault weapons ban to expire

Couple points:

1.) Unusual case where a "sunsetting" bill actually sunsetted.

2.) The article is a great example of yellow journalism. Most of the article describes the crimes that the ban was meant to prevent, while only one paragraph mentions whether or not the ban has been effective in preventing crime. While the disgusting mass murders are discussed that were the impetutus for the ban, no mention is made of say columbine that the ban was supposed to prevent. A casual read of the article would lead one to believe that because the ban is being lifted it is natural to assume that crime is going to occur. Not suprisingly, the poll linked on the page shows that 73% agree that it was "not right" for the ban to expire.

3.) Its clear as day light where John Kerry stands on this issue: Kerry: Assault weapon ban made U.S. safer Now, if al-Qaeda manuals say "go buy assault weapons", doesn't this basically mean that osama and crew felt that despite the ban they still stood a great chance of getting their hands on them? To me, statements like this basically say the ban was a lame duck, letting those with criminal intent get the goods but leaving law-abidding citizens with their semis.

What do you all think of assault weapons and the ban being removed?

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Assault weapons ban down for the count

I think it should be left alone to expire. I really have no position on this particular issue except that it could be the springboard for added gun control laws.
It should be noted that Bush would sign if Congress extended the ban.

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Assault weapons ban down for the count

Good riddance to one of the most poorly written pieces of legislation in the history of Congress. It was pure "feel good" law with no basis in fact and no effect on crime. As the NRA said, it was like banning cars with more than two hood ornaments.

One thing you can be sure of, though -- the media's going to count to ten (figuratively) and then start bringing every assault-weapon crime to national attention to give the impression that the sunset caused a huge spike. Time is short, but I bet they plaster something all over the front pages before the election.

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It should be noted that Bush would sign if Congress extended the ban.

Good link, I wasn't aware of that, from media reports it implies like it was bush's fault that it was not extended. To my knowledge the closest the ban came to being extended was when an amendment to extend the ban was tacked on to the blanket gun manufacture liability bill. The bill died after the ban extension was tacked on.

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Glad to see it go! I'd like to see the media generated term: assault weapon,go with it.
Any weapon from a baseball bat to a 50 cal BMG can be phrased an assault weapon.At the time of the bans introduction it was used by the media to sway public opinion.

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