Source: Tommy Christopher / Mediaite
At a press conference in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Thursday morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban that figures to improve on the 1994 ban that she co-authored, and which expired in 2004. In her remarks to reporters, part of an extensive program that included lawmakers and others, Senator Feinstein explained the improvements in the new law, while attempting to assuage the concerns of gun owners by explaining that the measure protects hunting and sporting firearms, 2,200 of them by name.
Sen. Feinstein began by saying “Like all of you here today, I remain horrified by the mass murder committed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and am particularly grateful that we have both Senators here, and the House member representing that community.”
“I’m also incensed that our weak gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again, and again, and again in our country,” Feinstein continued. “Weapons designed originally for the military to kill large numbers of people in close combat are replicated for civilian use.”
She went on to invoke the horrific mass shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, an Aurora movie theater, a shopping center in Tucson, and a house of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. “The common thread in these shootings,” Sen. Feinstein explained, “is that each gunman used a semi-automatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition magazine.”
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