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Sen. Feinstein Promises New Assault Weapons Ban

December 17, 2012  | 

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein discusses a new assault weapons ban on "Meet the Press." Screenshot via NBC News.
U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein discusses a new assault weapons ban on "Meet the Press." Screenshot via NBC News.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has promised to introduce a federal assault weapons ban following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn.

Feinstein appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press," where she said she would announce the bill during the new congressional session in January. She said it would be a modified version of her assault weapons ban that lasted from 1994 to 2004, when it expired.

Feinstein said her bill will "ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession (of assault weapons). "Not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets."

Several lawmakers voiced their support for such a bill, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Chuck Schumer, reports the Wall Street Journal. A spokesman for President Obama said such a ban "does remain a committment of his," reports CNN.

On "Morning Joe," NRA-endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin (R-W. Va.) said he supports a ban curbing such weapons, reports MSNBC.

Tags: Assault Weapons Ban, Sandy Hook School Shooting, Gun Control Advocacy, Second Amendment


Comments (59)

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Rob @ 12/17/2012 10:45 AM

Amazing how law makers turn a tragedy into their own agendas. I guess the 2nd amendment means nothing.

Joe @ 12/17/2012 4:22 PM

Way to gravy train a tragedy. The State of California must be so proud of their senator.

Herbert @ 12/17/2012 4:46 PM

This woman is as bad as the sandyhook shooter, shame on her for exploting the deaths of 20 innocent children so that she may spew her rhetoric.

Cam @ 12/17/2012 4:47 PM

It seems like everything that happens seems to become some politicians 15 minutes for their own political agenda. When are folks going to understand the old saying that guns do not kill people, people kill people. I do not understand how she can announce this just days after that horrible tragedy-how about condolences, help for the victim's family members left behind, or the kids who thankfully survived, it is so close to Christmas...I cried all day watching it on the news, so where do these politicians get off coming across like this? How is it so convenient to ignore the second amendment when it suits them? Something evil like this tragedy just leaves so many "why's". Maybe Feinstein should try prayers instead of a knee-jerk reaction.

KD @ 12/17/2012 4:53 PM

Strict gun control only takes the ability to obtain guns away from those that need them. Those that shouldn't have them get them through other means. If more responsible citizens, teachers, store owners carried, we'd have less victims. Those that have the harshest restrictions also have the worst assault rates....5 years for possession with criminal intent is a drop....push up the penalty, push down the violence.

Cam @ 12/17/2012 4:53 PM

I almost forgot this, if Feinstein is going for the guns, how about knives, cars, alcohol, cigarettes, and obesity while she is at it. I believe some of these are lethal weapons that kill people than guns, cars and knives are lethal weapons, so what now?

Todd Watkins @ 12/17/2012 5:12 PM

I have worked closely with these types of Senators. The tragedy of this story is that Feinstein and those like her actually hope for these types of tragedies. They cannot push their horrid and selfish agendas without these events. She is not sorry for these families. She exploits these murdered children to push her agenda down the throats of law-abiding Americans. The only thing her legislation will do is allow more innocent families to be slaughtered. I have been researching anti-gun bill legislation, like hers, since 1988. In no place on earth has such legislation been effective on reducing crime. In reality, every city around the world that has implemented her policies has seen "significant" increases of innocent lives murdered. If she was truly concerned about human life she would pursue legislation that helps mentally ill Americans AND seek legislation to provide firearms training so law-abiding Americans can Safely defend their families at times the government obviously cannot. Shame on you Senator Feinstein. How did the quality of our Congress men and women deteriorate to such dishonorable levels. God help us all.

James Tansen @ 12/17/2012 5:12 PM

I have never seen a gun of any type jump up and kill anyone... There had always been someone on the other end of the gun to make it fire. Maybe instead of always blaming a gun for a shooting, people should step up and take responsibility for their own actions or the actions of people they are responsible for. Like the saying goes. "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Agree or disagree that is the truth. My final comment us that our politicians our the most knee jerk reaction people in the world. While we do need a government, our governing body needs a complete overall because what/who we have now just isn't working.... Maybe its Diane Feinstein's fault this happened because politicians really, after all is said and done, don't care about the people in this country unless they are contributing to their campaign fund.

Frank @ 12/17/2012 5:43 PM

No one will disagree that this is a sad week for America. Lets have some more gun laws. The honest avid shooters get whacked again. It would be a breath of fresh air if this type of media attention, chest pounding and grandstanding by our lazy incompetent politicians where directed at the Cop Killers, Gangs, Drug Cartels, Illegals and Muslim extremists that roam our country too. Oh yeah!Lets not forget the mother ( A Teacher of all things) who taught the this kid (learning disability) how to shoot of all things. I'll bet this kid spend many hours in front of X Box playing video games too. I have a arm's length list of all the rights and freedom I've lost in the last 45 years from crappy parenting, poor judgement, and our Justice system. You need a fishing license to fish, however you need nothing to parent children.

RICHARD ISAACS @ 12/17/2012 6:05 PM

WHERE IS IT MENTIONED OR EVEN SUGGESTED THAT AN ASSAULT WEAPON WAS USED IN THE SANDY HOOK SHOOTING? FEINSTEIN YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE FULL OF CRAP. THE SHOOTERS MOTHER WAS A GUN ENTHUSIAST, THAT IS HOW THE PSYCHO GOT THE GUNS.

Luke Bryant @ 12/17/2012 6:10 PM

Diane Feinstein lived through the period of the murders of Harvey Milk and the Mayor in San Francisco years ago. It is high time guns were removed from a civilized society. Yes! I know your 2nd amendment, but correction is needed.

phill @ 12/17/2012 6:31 PM

WOW is all i can say, what does any gun ban do, it takes away the ability of all law abiding citizens to posses and maintain guns. any criminal will not go through the the legal channels as a law abiding citizen does. such as purchase their firearms from a reputable gun dealer, file and register their purchase. and maintain themselves in good standing as a lawful citizen. criminals will go to any and all lengths to obtain a gun even if it is through illegal methods, so how does a gun ban prevent a criminal from getting a gun. oh that is right it doesn't all it does is keep the law abiding citizen from being able to exercise their second amendment right as is stated in the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Feinstein wake up and get real your ban will not prevent such tragedies from happening due to the fact that criminals won't abide by the ban thus making it ineffective as they can and will buy a gun from illegal means with which to carry out their evil deeds.

russ andrews @ 12/17/2012 6:52 PM

who said we live in a civilized society??? where are you??
Like most, I cried to see those babies murdered by a mentally ill person. His mother could have prevented this with gunsafe to protect her weapons from unauthorized use...how about mandatory locked security for firearms in the home' like Switzerland.
Feinstein, Schumer et al, are Communists that think the government will save us. If they would mandate the death penalty for drug smuggling/ gang related murders/ terrorist activity anywhere in the world we might have a chance to survive...if not we are finished.

FireCop @ 12/17/2012 7:04 PM

Knew this was coming down the pike! If Bushmaster was publically traded, I know where I'd put my money now! To say sales are going to spike is certainly an understatement. I totally agree with cam's comments. Where are the politicians when another person is slaughtered by a drug or alcohol impared driver?

Kevin @ 12/17/2012 8:36 PM

Depending on the year, from 30,000 to 50,000 people die in the US EACH YEAR in vehicle crashes. Those who blame a man-made mechanical device (in this case, a firearm) for gun deaths don't follow the logic of their claims to other man-made mechanical devices (like vehicles). If guns need to be banned because they are involved in human deaths then why not any other mechanical device involved in the death of people. Banning something never has worked. We can't keep illegal aliens, drugs or terrorists out of this country. What makes any rational person think banning guns will work (it will work about as well as prohibition worked and we all know what a rousing success that was). And we voted for these educated fools...

Capt. Crunch @ 12/17/2012 10:57 PM

Gee Diane,did you ever think why the bad guys never attack a police station. Could it be because we have firearms.

Morning Eagle @ 12/18/2012 12:41 AM

This is not at all surprising coming from feinstein and her use of another tragic killing incident is typical of her and her ilk. When are Californians going to comprehend she has been sent to the Department of Corruption too many times and stop re-electing her? That goes for boxer and pelosi too. The politicians and media could not care less about the victims or their families; they only care about furthering their agendas. They conveniently ignore the fact that the previous ban on so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines did not reduce crime anywhere or prevent these kinds of attacks on defenseless people. What has reduced violent crimes has been the passage of more concealed carry legislation. That is an irrefutable fact they all disregard because it doesn't "fit" with their attempts to mislead the part of the public that is apparently ignorant of what works and what doesn't. Too many people do not think or reason, they just react to emotions. Then there are the politicians and bureaucrats that understand that to completely control us they must first completely disarm us. They are called domestic enemies and the Founding Fathers did their best to warn us we would be faced with them. Now here we are.
Initial reports from the school killing said the "assault weapon" was found in the trunk of the assailant's vehicle, indicating he had used the handguns. An article in the Wall Street Journal today said the .223 caliber "assault weapon" had been used for all the killing. There has been so much speculation and misreporting about this whole thing it is hard to tell which version, if any, is correct.

Doc @ 12/18/2012 1:09 AM



Anyone that thinks it's okay for Dianne Feinstein to violate our 2nd Amendment rights, needs to get in touch with reality.
Dianne Feinstein owns and carries a gun, but she thinks that she is more important than all of us "common" people, and that she is Exempt from what she wants to ram down our throats, just like Obama. All these cheap polictical hack want is POWER, and they will do anything to get it. Gun control is not about criminals or guns, it's all about having Control over us, while they never want violent criminals to pay the price. Remember that Cowardly Wimp that murdered those people in Arizona, he didn't get a death sentence, they gave him life at tax payer expense, and he could always escape and kill again. They always want the decent people to pay the price, as we are the only people that don't seem to have any rights. Hitler, Castro, and others like them pushed gun control and look how many people were executed! Feinstein needs to turn in her guns, before she even Thinks about violating Our rights, while she carries a gun. These people are Evil, just like the Cowardly Wimp that murdered those defenseless children. The media needs to quit calling these mass murderers "gun men" and put an editorial slant on the story, so they don't keep encouraging others to try to one up each other. They should be refered to in the must insulting terms, such as "Cowardly Wimp", and Not call them sick or other such terms.

Adrian Stroud @ 12/18/2012 3:42 AM

It is an upsetting time here. Newtown, not Newton, is my hometown. I live only a few minutes from that school. Our entire state is on high alert and tensions are running high. The last thing we need here are these politicians.

SgtD @ 12/18/2012 3:59 AM

I can't properly express my sadness at this incident, and my feelings for the parents and family members of all those who were impacted by this. I think we can all agree the murderer was mentally ill. I believe we will find that he was being treated for, or at the very least a great number of people knew of his mental illness. Rather than going after guns perhaps Americans should grow up and take responsibility on themselves. Mental health professionals will hide behind HIPAA; and ordinary people will talk about not wanting to label him or "get involved" when in fact, any one of those who knew could have had a part in stopping this tragedy. Is it really getting to the point that we, as Americans, are afraid to do the right thing? Forget going after the guns, how about stopping the threat much earlier. For those who are interested, here is the HIPAA section that allows the mental health provider to release this information (it also states earlier in the document that should a law require it, this will apply regardless of the HIPAA statements) Serious Threat to Health or Safety. Covered entities may disclose protected health information that they believe is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to a person or the public, when such disclosure is made to someone they believe can prevent or lessen the threat (including the target of the threat). http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/index.html under permitted uses. Let's stop going after guns and do something that will make a change and stop some of these events. I would also propose charging doctors if it can be proved they knew. I train officers in active threat response pretty much full time, but I would like to not have to.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 4:17 AM

Apparently no one read the last part, "NRA-endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin (R-W. Va.) said he supports a ban curbing such weapons." A republican and NRA spokesman, so essentially that is Jesus to most of you, even he supports a ban. Your 2nd amendment right is to bear arms but it certainly isn't your right to bear whatever type of weapon you want. Remember the 2nd amendment is a right granted to its people by its people, and can most certainly be changed by its people.

Frank @ 12/18/2012 4:38 AM

@Dan, NRA-endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin (R-W. Va.) must be up for re-election. These slimy politicians work both sides of the fence if its to their benefit.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 4:48 AM

He is a Senator from Wyoming, a Republican, and an NRA spokseman. Your trying to tell me he is supporting a gun bill proposed by a democrat because he wants to secure his reelection. Frank, that just doesn't make sense. What does make sense is gun control.

scpdblue @ 12/18/2012 4:58 AM

I find it strange that Feinstein carries and gun and Mayor Bloomberg has bodyguards but these two people don't want the public to have them.To think both are Jewish and in Israel teachers are armed.No nut head would think of attacking a school there.Maybe instead of making new gun control laws enforce the ones we have and follow Israels way of preventing these tragedies.

Doug @ 12/18/2012 5:34 AM

The sad thing about all this is that as tragic as this and other shootings are, they in no way match the carnage caused by drunk drivers. Over 10,000 alcohol related fatalities in 2010 alone. Yet none of the politicians are saying anything about that epidemic!

Herbert @ 12/18/2012 6:22 AM

@Dan, It most certainly is my right to bear what ever weapon I deem fit to bear. This is america land of the free and home of the brave. These tradigic events happen all over the world. Look at the chechen psychos who held a school hostage and killed teachers and student's. No law is going to change that. I've been a law enforcement officer for 18 years, criminals do not care or abide by them. You gun ban is only going to end up hurting honest folks who someday may need those very weapons to protect themselves from an ever increasing imposing government.

The key here is to look for ways to stop these events by proactively discovering and treating these sick folks, and by enacting security measures that make it impossible for these psycho's to execute their plans without removing more freedoms from the land of the free........

Curt @ 12/18/2012 7:32 AM

We would expect no less than shameless exploitation of this tragedy from this proven socialist whore.

Trigger @ 12/18/2012 7:33 AM

Let's see, we cannot close our borders to keep the illegals out, we can sue states like Arizona for attempting to protect their residence from the onslaught of illegals, we can put restrictions on the police, we can change military field manuals to not speak bad about an enemy, etc., etc., etc.. What the hell is going on with this Country. I personally have no need to purchase a "assault type rifle" but to put a ban on them just to make a statement. Some of our politicians have no clue on anything as do some of those in our profession. According to the news this morning the sale of weapons just increased exponentially. This last time there was a ban on "assault type weapons" the market sold ten years worth in one year. Yes this was a tragedy, but putting a band-aid on an amputation is not going to solve the problem.

Curt @ 12/18/2012 7:36 AM

"Remember the 2nd amendment is a right granted to its people by its people, and can most certainly be changed by its people. "

No Dan, it isn't granted by the people. It is granted by God. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution recognize this. The Second Amendment just prohibits corrupt and malfeaseant politicians from restricting this right.

Mike @ 12/18/2012 7:43 AM

Guns don’t kill people, law makers kill people by making laws that restrict the carrying of guns by trained citizens, teachers, staff and in some cases "college level" students. We fix this we fix a lot problems! Pray for are government to make good laws

TedB @ 12/18/2012 8:00 AM

I recently had occasion to travel to Bermuda to testify as an expert witness in a criminal trial. Two young detectives picked me up at the airport and, on the rife to my hotel, we had an interesting conversation. One of them, a transplant from Jamaica, was espousing Obama and indicated he hoped he was re-elected because he had promised to do somehting about all the guns in America. The young detective advised me strongly that there were entirely too many people with guns in America and that Bermuda was an excellent example of prohibiting guns in the hands of people who had no need for them. He emphasized that even the police there do not carry firearms. During the week I was there and the week before my arrival there were three shootings at nightclubs. Wow, what an example of a civilized country with gun control, huh? Incidentally, when there is a shooting, the unarmed police wait until it has all settled down before they arrive at the scene.

I have 44 years in Law enforcement and count count the number of times I have been backed up in lonely areas by armed citizens. Oh, and Dan... W. Va. is an abbreviation for "West Virginia", not Wyoming. Keep in mind, he is a politician, irregardless of party affiliation, and they will all prostitute themselves for votes.

ChiefP @ 12/18/2012 8:50 AM

@ Dan,
Tell me in detail what makes sense about gun control? Please fill us all in on your expert opinion on this topic.... we will wait for it.

PD @ 12/18/2012 11:12 AM

Hey Feinstein... SHUT UP.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 12:11 PM

@chiefp. How can I state a case for something when there are people saying the 2nd amendment is granted by God? Or that they have the right to bear whatever arms they want? How can you argue with people like that? I'm not for a ban on guns. For some reason everyone seemed to think this article was about banning all guns. This article was about assault rifles. The average citizen does not "need" an assault rifle to protect themselves. I'm by no means an expert but I guarantee you that no else that posted is either. But how can we move forward on this issue with out some give on both sides. This issue has to be addressed from multiple angles.

@curt
I don't even know how to argue with you. My suggestion would be brush up on the constitution and we can talk. I assure you the amendments to the constitution can be changed.

S.S @ 12/18/2012 12:11 PM

Feinstein all you are doing is fulfilling your agenda. Stop exploiting those poor kids and their families!

Dan @ 12/18/2012 12:22 PM

@TedB
You seem like a smart guy. I apologize. I still work graves so when I saw WV and mistook it for WY it was an honest error amid sleepy eyes. However, even you are approaching this article as a call for banning all guns. Do you believe that an average citizen needs access to the same type of weaponry they issue to the military? When you were backed up by citizens, were they armed with a handgun or AR15?

My belief is that the ban is somewhat pointless now as there has already been millions sold but keeping people from buying them in the future is a start. Like many people who post here, I have kids. Mine go to an elemtary school that doesn't have an sro, like many here. I can buy my children a bullet proof backpack to stop a handgun but not a rifle round.

I'm not into name calling or being a baby. If anybody wants to continue the discussion I'm in.

Frank @ 12/18/2012 1:50 PM

@Dan I believe that this use to be a free country. But every decade we lose a little more of our freedom. I've been around firearms since I was 12. I was trained in the Military shoot competively and hold three FFL licenses. I'm not the guy shooting people but this guy is the one that will feel the wrath from the USG. I live in the worst state for firearms. Massachusetts has just about choked the avid shooter to death. I feel if someone can purchase a M60 machine gun or a .22 caliber single shot rifle with proper licenses than why not. We so called gun nuts are not the problem. Their are plenty of laws on the books we just need a few good judges to make it happen. Two words come to mind "Dealth Penalty".

John @ 12/18/2012 2:57 PM

How many anti-gun, liberal elitist politicians possess concealed pistol licenses or have armed body guards?

The anti gunners will never be content until every arm is banned (including paintball markers, squirt guns, air guns & toy guns). They start with semi auto rifles and semi auto pistols with over a 10 round magazine capacity. Then they will target all other handguns (including revolvers). The final set of bans would probably go: semi auto shotguns, pump shotguns, pump rifles, lever action rifles, double barrel (side by side & over/under) shotguns, single shot rifles and single shot shotguns.

For the firearm ignorant: our military personnel do not carry AR-15 rifles.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 3:22 PM

@Frank. I hate to tell you my friend but the license you would seek to purchase an M60 is a form of gun control. Would you agree? The 2nd amendment does not give you the right to bear whatever "arm" you want. There will always be weapons that are only available to LE and the military. My guess is that 90% of the people posting here already have an AR so it wouldn't apply unless I suppose you felt you needed double-ARs, you know Rambo style.

My point is these weapons need to be in the hands of trained professionals and there isn't anything wrong with regulation that supports that. The goverment is not going to go door to door taking guns away.

ProGun @ 12/18/2012 3:23 PM

@Dan - ...by the way, Joe Manchin (D-WVa) is a Democrat and NRA spokesman.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 3:28 PM

@John

You're right, the government is coming for you. They will strip you of your guns. I would suggest hiding them in a camouflaged hole in the side of a mountain, but something tells me you already do.

ChiefP @ 12/18/2012 4:32 PM

@Dan,
Here is the issue, first off you will not BAN the firearms but what you will do is ban new ones being manufactured and distributed in the US. This will DO NOTHING to ensure safety and since we have so many guns, semi-auto rifles and pistols it will do nothing. That is the first thing, the last ban (same as this one) did nothing to help reduce gun violence (NOTHING). M16 rifles are not assault rifles unless they are used in an assault, in case you didn't know.

Next, lets attack the problem not the tools used as it will have ZERO difference in the outcome. Let me be clear gun violence went up during the assault weapon ban that ended in 2004. If you want to help the government protect our children first off stop voting in fking retards to be there in the first place. I can tell you this, want your kids safe? Listen to cops and security experts and tell politicians to take a flying fk at a rolling doughnut because they know nothing about what NEEDS to happen. Yes you need breeze ways and entry points at schools, yes you need guards/cops (should have had them after 9/11 anyway) in EVERY school, yes you need bullet resistant or shatter proof glass and metal doors, yes you need a very loud lock down alarm that is almost ear piercing to sound and get students into rooms made of stone with metal doors but HELL NO you don't need to worry about the guns. It makes zero sense to do so and is a waste of time.

Frank @ 12/18/2012 5:19 PM

@Dan I own a M60 and many other Class III weapons. The legal guy is the ones that get pushed around.

Frank @ 12/18/2012 5:24 PM

@ Chief P I see something similiar. They will also reduce the production of ammo. Which has been a problem the last few years.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 7:12 PM

@chiefp
A ban selling future ARs would by its nature stop new ARs from hitting the market. I don't even follow you about M16s not being assault rifles unless there used in assaults.

Talking about treating mental illness is a nice start but not a complete solution. Who is going to pay to diagnose and treat all these sick people because you know they don't have the money. Are you willing to pay for it? Even if we can treat them, we cannot force people to take medication nor could we monitor that.

ChiefP @ 12/18/2012 9:37 PM

@Dan,
Are you going to pay for the thousands laid off when certian weapons are no longer manufactured and people can't keep their jobs? The assault means if the weapon is not used in an assault its not an assault weapon. That term is a media kneejerk title. Further, with what 350 million guns in the US most likely anyone who wants to commit crimes or thinks about it can. The way you stop these people is take the soft targets and make them hard targets. You stop making heros out of murderers. The weapons will have almost ZERO impact regardless of your ideals. I am sorry but taking this stance is no more than supporting political agenda, that is it that is all. It has been proven to make no impact because it has been done before. So it makes no sense.

Dan @ 12/18/2012 10:48 PM

@chiefp

Yes. I will personally pay for the lost wages. Will you pay for the millions it would take to make bullet proof schools? We can barley get new text books or equipment. You're kidding me.

Since when has the failure of a law to prevent a crime meant it was appropriate to abolish the law? All laws fail, we just put violators in jail. It just sucks for you when the government wants to take something you like and make it illegal. Well, I have no sympathy for you.

Regardless of whether you agree with me, it sounds like gun control legislation is coming down the pipe. So what is there left to argue about?

Cam @ 12/18/2012 11:32 PM

Hey folks!
Is it not more important for the discussion to be about how do we ID the mopes that are at risk for committing crimes? How can we raise kids who will not shoot up a school, mall, hospital, etc.? How can we educate kids to have a designated driver? How can we teach kids that video games are to be screened by their parents? How can we get back some of the innocence that has been taken from our kids through the movies, games, the talk shows, and the evening news? How can we do these things? Y'all can holler till you are blue in the face about gun control-but is that REALLY the problem??? It seems as if there is an enormous amount of intelligence and experience here that could do more than argue about gun control. I love to hunt and target shoot, however, I also love my kids and will love my future grand kids. But what kind of world are we leaving them? How much better could our energy be spent on helping to 'fix' the moral bankruptcy of today's society?

Frank @ 12/19/2012 5:02 AM

So start by fixing or controlling Hollywood filmakers and video games. Big problem for kids who prefer to sit in from of a box than play basketball.

Dan @ 12/19/2012 9:00 AM

@cam
I agree those things are absolutely important. However, what I'm saying is there is no reason to attack the problem from multiple angles. Mental illness, cultural upbringing, gun control, increased security. All these things mean more taxes, reduced (not eliminated) liberties. But as you can see by Franks post, he points to video games and says "control" them. So it's ok to control first amendment issues, but don't touch his guns. Closed mindedness and the inability to compromise will get you no where.

Another thing Cam, the type of changes you speak of take time and an unbelievable amount of cooperation and dedicated parenting. We need both long and short term solutions.

Cam @ 12/19/2012 9:54 AM

@Dan, I agree it is long term. But do we not have to start somewhere? Short term, seems like the gov't either state or feds seem to have to get involved. Usually means everyone wants more LE but not willing to pay. Cannot say that I blame them with this economy. However, either way, we have to sacrifice SOMEWHERE to start. I would love to see punishment be dolled out like it was meant to be, as a deterrent, not 20 years of appeals. Still think assault weapons don't need to be used for anything but target shooting, which any gun can do that. I do not think it is so much a ban, but control has to start. I know it will do nothing to what is out there already. I want to use my CWP everywhere, not just certain places too. I agree with gun safes, locks, etc. But one thing is not the answer. It is going to take vigilance on the part of Joe Public, LE, and yuck, politicians too. Finger pointing and arguing is just delaying the inevitable, or another shooting some where. I wish I had a magical answer, and a simple one to boot, but I cannot think of just one thing to cure this problem. It has taken time to get here, it will take time to get back to the basics as well. God help the ones in between, you know, the kids who are desensitized and emotionless. I see more and more of those kids and young adults all the time, and WE created them. The scary thing I think about is they will be the future for you and me someday, will they care then?

Frank @ 12/19/2012 11:08 AM

Sorry Dan maybe "control" was a poor choice. This is how I perceive our new Administration likes to operate these days. This is from the food we eat to the cameras on every corner. The USG is just trying to help these poor misguided folks on how to act in todays society. They never received the proper upbringing from their parents, clergy, teacher or scout master. They never went into the Military to be trained in honor, respect or loyalty. Our Society as a whole is treking down the wrong path. Happy Holidays to all, you to Dan stay safe! Nice discussion.

Sgt. Mike @ 12/19/2012 8:57 PM

These laws change nothing for the criminals.

D1726S @ 12/20/2012 4:18 PM

I WATCHED THE NEWS COVERAGE THE DAY THAT THE SHOOTING OCCURRED. I HAVE TO SAY TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILYS, MY DEEPEST REGRETS. MAYBE I MISSED SOMETHING, BUT IT WAS REPORTED THAT: #1 2 9MM HANDGUNS WERE USED BY THE SHOOTER TO KILL ADULTS AND STUDENTS, A SIG AND A GLOCK; #2 MOTHER OF SHOOTER WAS A TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL; #3 BUSH MASTER "ASSAULT RIFLE" WAS FOUND IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR, AFTER THE SHOOTING; #4 SOMEONE, POSSIBLY THE SHOOTERS "ROOMATE" WAS DEAD AT THE SHOOTERS RESIDENCE. NOW ALLEGEDLY NONE OF THIS IS TRUE! I'VE BEEN A POLICE OFFICER FOR MORE THAN 34 YEARS, AND CANT BELIVE THAT IN A SUPPOSEDLY "FREE AND OPEN SOCIETY" WE CAN'T GET THE STRAIGHT STORY ON THIS EVENT ALMOST 7 DAYS LATER! THE NEWS MEDIA IS SO BIASED IN REPORTING THE STORY, ALL LOOKING TO REUP THE CLINTON GUN BAN. NOW MS FEINSTEIN, PRES OBAMA AND OTHERS SEE THE LIGHT AFTER THIS INCIDENT AND WANT TO REINSTATE THE 1994 CLINTON GUN BAN, GO FIGURE. WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 4 YEARS THAT MAKES THIS SITUATION UNIQUE, MR OBAMA. BILL CLINTON AND THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE THE PATRON SAINTS OF THE GUN INDUSTRY, BECAUSE NOTHING CHANGED EXCEPT THE PRICE OF GUNS AND AMMUNITION. IT SKYROCKETED! BAD PEOPLE CONTINUED TO POSSESS THEIR GUNS AND GOOD PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD OR GET THE GUNS OR AMMUNITION. THE CLINTON GUN BAN WAS A COMPLETE FAILURE, IN ALL ASPECTS. MOST PEOPLE, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICERS, HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE WHAT A TRUE ASSAULT RIFLE IS. IT IS A FULLY AUTOMATIC RIFLE USED BY A MILITARY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPONENT. IF POSSESSED OUTSIDE THE MILITARY OR THE OWNERSHIP OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, AN ATF PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED PRIOR TO POSSESSION OF THE WEAPON. UNLESS YOU ARE A CRIMINAL, YOU JUST BUY ONE ON THE BLACK MARKET(MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICERS OR OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRY)OR STEAL IT FROM THE MILITARY/LAWENFORCEMENT. MOST PEOPLE IN TODAYS SOCIETY ARE SHEEP. WITHOUT SHEEPDOGS TO PROTECT THEM, THEY BECOME PREYED ON, BY THE WOLVES OF SOCIETY. BECOME A SHEEPDOG OR STAY A SHEEP. BE SAFE AMERICA.

Andy @ 12/20/2012 6:29 PM

One state banning the sale and import of assault weapons is not going to solve the problem. The a/h criminals are just going to purchase or steal them in a different state and bring them to where ever they want. It's would be extremely difficult to intercept them in transit. You also still have the black market sales to deal with.

Rob A @ 12/21/2012 12:34 PM

I cannot believe how ignorant these politicians and others are about "assault" weapons. The killer in Newtown could have done as much damage with a Glock 19 and some of spare magazines.

Rob A. @ 12/21/2012 12:35 PM

And someone needs to educate the senator about the difference between a "clip" and a "magazine".

mitch @ 12/22/2012 2:22 PM

To use this as a rallying cry for the Anti-Gun crowd shows you how far they will go to usurp the rights of individual to protect themselves. Perhaps the money used for the golden parachute fund should be re-appropriated for more mental institutions to take care of those who have no business among sane folks. just my two cents

Hoffa3381 @ 12/26/2012 5:08 AM

As a father to a little girl in ‘K’ grade, my emotions are difficult to contain with the loss of innocent children. This tragedy demonstrates evil does walk amongst us! The cold and calloused political steps taken by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her Anti-Gun buddies only confirms the oath I swore to as an 18yr old kid to “Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States against foreign and domestic threats.”

We are at war in our own country. It is our responsibility for us to stand up during these emotional times to defend our rights against those who aim to erode this great country.

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