Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing
February 27th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing

Washington (CNN) – It may be politically quixotic, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein proceeded undeterred Wednesday in seeking an updated version of the assault weapons ban she sponsored in 1994 that expired a decade later.

Fierce opposition by the influential National Rifle Association and conservative legislators, including some Democrats, makes it virtually impossible that the kind of ban proposed by Feinstein will win congressional approval.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For all you 2nd Amendment politicians with your A+ NRA ratings, look no further than the special election that took place in Chicago last night. The politician with the F rating from the NRA won. Get the message or be out of job!!! Bloomberg's money can go a loooonnnnnngggg way.

    February 27, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    There is zero evidence that gun control does anything, but put citizens at the mercy of criminals.

    February 27, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It looks to me like the Congessional Democrats are gong to blow another golden opportunity to pass meaningful legislation simply because they want everything passed in one shot. I would have thought that the Bush Tax Cut fight would have taught them value of separating out the issues into separate bills.

    But Noooooo, they have a pont to make and I don't understand what it is. Utterly destroying your opponent during a given battle is less effective than leaving them severely bruised. Why give your opponent reason to regroup and come up with new strategy when it is better to leave them in a weakened state thinkiing their current strategy was effective, but poorly implemented.

    February 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Name lynn

    The people need to talk about the budgets cuts, not the gun laws, nor NRA its sickening an nothing no one can do or say,

    February 27, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. much thunder.little rain

    the group of senators look like a class reunion for the class of 1935...old, wrinkeld , and barley awake...ugh

    February 27, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    There is zero evidence that gun control does anything, but put citizens at the mercy of criminals.
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    However, there is a mountain of evidence that shows that the lack of gun control only puts more weapons into the hands of your criminals. Ray LaPierre's position that guns should be made as freely as available as possible is one that criminals and terrrorists alike would support.

    February 27, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "There is zero evidence that gun control does anything, but put citizens at the mercy of criminals."

    That is 100% untrue. Japan and Australia have provided mountains of evidence, via their own regulations and the success they have had, that regulation of gun ownership can be very effective AND what kind of regulations actually work. Other countries have as well. Ignoring it won't make it go away. Screaming your preference that such evidence not exist won't change the reality of its existence either.

    But hey, perhaps you should have the crime scene photos from Newtown painted on yor bedroom ceiling. That way you can enjoy the results of our societal negligence every night as you fall asleep telling yourself you were right.

    February 27, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Terry

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For all you 2nd Amendment politicians with your A+ NRA ratings, look no further than the special election that took place in Chicago last night. The politician with the F rating from the NRA won. Get the message or be out of job!!! Bloomberg's money can go a loooonnnnnngggg way.
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    That election means absolutely nothing. A liberal Democrat won Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s old seat. Who did you expect to win it, a conservative Republican? Are there any conservative Republicans in Chicago?

    Wait until Bloomberg takes his campaign out into the heartland where the real Americans live. I think he is going to be in for a big surprise. He will not be dealing with the sheep from New York City who blindly follow his edicts.

    February 27, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Rink

    As a business owner in the industry I have to say Thanks Democrats. I have never had more business and a lot I cannot even fulfill its so crazy. I had a sweet 75 year old lady come in with two daughters yesterday and buy three Glock 19's. And I have to say that is typical. Every day is a new adventure.

    February 27, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |