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Pro-Gun Democrats Oppose New Assault Weapon Ban

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 5:33 PM



WASHINGTON -- Sixty-five House Democrats said Wednesday that they would oppose any attempt by the Obama administration to revive a ban on military-style weapons that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994 and President George W. Bush let expire.

The pro-gun Democrats, led by Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., wrote Attorney General Eric Holder that they would "actively oppose any effort to reinstate the 1994 ban, or to pass any similar law."

They urged the administration to avoid a "long and divisive fight over a gun control issue" at a time when Washington needs to concentrate on the economic crisis.

The House letter came a day after Montana's two Democratic senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, wrote a similar letter to Holder saying the Justice Department should enforce existing laws before considering new gun ownership restrictions. "We will strongly oppose any legislation that will infringe upon the rights of individual gun owners," they said.

The letters came after Holder, during a news conference to announce the arrest of Mexican drug dealers, said the drug cartels were obtaining high-powered weapons like the AK-47 from U.S. gun stores and said the Obama administration supported reinstituting the ban on the sale of assault-style weapons.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has said she plans to introduce legislation to bring back the weapons ban. Feinstein was an author of the 1994 bill, which banned 19 types of semiautomatic, military-style guns. The law expired under the Bush administration in 2004. Another long-term goal is requiring that all gun shows conduct background checks before selling firearms.

The National Rifle Association has said it is mobilizing to stop any assault weapons ban, and the opposition of 65 House Democrats, many from rural or conservative districts with strong pro-gun sentiments, probably would doom any legislative drive to restrict gun ownership.

Already this year, Republicans have stalled legislation that would give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House by linking the bill to a measure significantly weakening D.C.'s gun laws.

House Democratic leaders have put off a vote on the voting rights bill out of concern that pro-gun Democrats would oppose it if it is separated from the gun measure.

Newsmax.com - Pro-Gun Democrats Oppose New Assault Weapon Ban
 

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They have seen the slipping poll numbers for this administration and are hedging their bet for re-election!!:D
 

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^^^^^+2...Probly 65 dems up for re-election
 

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I'm not so sure that this isn't genuine support. Many of the democratic pickups in the House of Representatives in the last couple cycles have been from western & midwestern states which have a more pro-gun constituency. Legislators like Dan Boren from my state, Oklahoma. Boren is a democrat, but he is also the co-chair of a pro-gun group in the US House.

The other good thing about the house is that these members are up for election every two years, which means the voters don't have time to forget something as hot-button as a gun ban.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has said she plans to introduce legislation to bring back the weapons ban. Feinstein was an author of the 1994 bill...
Yet another reason why we need term limits...
 

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the Majority Voters in California have been brain dead for years. It's time to clean house nation wide. Let them get real jobs!!:mad:
 

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Pro Gun? Maybe a few of them. Afraid of getting voted out in the next
election if they support any more gun control bills? That's probably a lot
closer to the truth.
 

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What these Democratic Morons saw was the massive buying of guns and ammo originally spawned by them. Now they want those votes back by trying to block the old expired Clinton ban. WHAT A BUNCH OF JERKOFFS...
 

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What these Democratic Morons saw was the massive buying of guns and ammo originally spawned by them. Now they want those votes back by trying to block the old expired Clinton ban. WHAT A BUNCH OF JERKOFFS...
Those "jerkoffs" may soon be the only thing keeping a new weapons ban from becoming a reality. Those democrats are traditionally pro gun, and have always been that way for the most part. At least I know for a fact that the Montana dems are pro gun all the way.
 

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I'm sure there are ways around slowing the production and sales besides a ban. Maybe they thought of another angle that makes them look better.
 

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As much as I disagree with the Dems, alot of stuff has gotten pushed through quickly in this administration. A firearms ban blitzkrieg wasn't an unreasonable possibility.

I agree that this is rooted in the fact that the last time such a ban was enacted, Dems got booted. And they know it.

Still, I'm grateful for any little edge we get.:)
 

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I think we need to support the ones that are on our side on this issue,there are some anti gun republicans in congress also. But I still think we need to throw the whole lot of them out and start over,I weep for my kids and future grandkids over what washington is doing to this country,I think our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.
 

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I don't trust Democrates that have a hidden agendas, and there's no shortage of them in this administration. At least a few of them are honest and are truely gun advocates. TIME WILL EXPOSE THE SCUM...
 
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