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Tell Us: Should Assault Weapons Be Banned?

Some politicians are suggesting that it's time to ban assault weapons in the United States in the wake of Friday's Newtown school shooting.

Nineteen types of assault weapons — semi-automatic or fully automatic guns with the capacity to shoot many bullets in a short period of time — were banned in the United States from 1994 to 2004.

In 2004, the ban expired and neither President Bush nor Congress acted to renew it.

Some politicians are calling for new laws that would ban the type of high-capacity weapons used by the gunman to kill 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday.

Outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman told the Associated Press Sunday that the U.S. should ban military-style assault weapons. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said she would propose a law next year banning big clips, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets.

In his address to the victims' families and first-responders in Newtown on Sunday night, President Obama implied that he would address the gun control issue. Other elected officials — including U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st — are publicly calling for an assault weapons ban and other actions to address the availability of firearms in general.

Historically, though, many voters and politicians have rejected any restrictions on gun possession in this country. On Tuesday, Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett warned against a rush to pass new gun laws, according to this Morning Call report.

Should assault weapons be banned?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

John Donches March 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Just to let everyone know that there will be a presentation at Fire Company #1 in Emmaus on “Gun Rights” Tuesday, March 19th @ 7:30 PM. Click on the highlight to go to the Flyer and info sheet on this event. We at C.E.P.T.A. invite everyone to attend and come prepared to ask your questions. http://ceptapa.wordpress.com
BytraWatches March 07, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Reality Earth to the liberals saying "we don't don't find the benefits of home ownership of assault rifles and high capacity magazines worth the societal risk that comes with them" and we only want to restrict military type guns. The problem you people have is you are not reality based in what you are saying or you are not following the news around the country. Look in Colorado, the popular hunting shotgun will be illegal under their new proposed law (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/01/popular-standard-shotgun-could-be-banned-under-proposed-bill/) Look in the state of Washington where they were looking at stripping gun owners of the right to privacy with warrentless searches (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/19/Washington-State-Bill-To-Search-Gun-Owner-Homes-Introduced-Since-2005). The sad thing is this second story is only to be found on conservative websites since the mainstream media pulled it off their websites because they consider it to be damaging to their cause. But with stories like this in the press weekly, why should people who own guns not be worried about any proposed gunlegislation?
Morgan King March 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Right, and almost immediately that bill, Senate Bill 5737, was rejected and sent back to committee because that provision is, indeed, stupid.
BytraWatches March 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Here is why Universal Background Checks are such a problem with gun owners or future gun owners. Senator Schumer states that Universal Background Checks will not create any gun registry which is already illegal, but then days later he is out there pushing for Universal Gun Registration. Hello, a two face liar like all politicians. See for yourself (https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/donate.asp?CampaignID=universalregistratio). And the reason Universal Gun Registration is such a problem is because of things like we live in a country where the government is becoming more and more tyrannical as exemplified in this story. (http://www.infowars.com/new-jersey-woman-arrested-for-reciting-constitution-at-tax-meeting/) But history is doomed to repeat itself so come and take our guns away and watch our government be like every other government in man’s history, kill its own people enmass after taking away the peoples' guns.
Michael Anthony March 13, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Read this article: http://jpfo.org/articles-assd02/cramer-racist-roots.htm Watch this video: http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/movieplay-ngn-swf.htm Those should teach you to never trust anyone that mentions the word "control".

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