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[David Gregory – Dianne Feinstein Wants To Ban Assault Weapons]
And we are back with a special edition of ‘MEET THE PRESS’. Joining us for the rest of the hour, a special panel. A leading voice in the Senate for gun control for the past two decades, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, author and former secretary of education Bill Bennett, Georgetown University professor and sociologist Michael Eric Dyson, former governor of Pennsylvania and the Homeland Security Secretary under President Bush and also a member of the Virginia Tech shooting review panel Tom Ridge, the president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, and columnist for The New York Times David Brooks. Welcome to all of you. As my wife and I are trying to shield our young kids from news of this event, we realize that it’s futile, that this is not an exception, that we cannot wish these events away. And I mentioned this robust social networking conversation that unites the country. And if there is one feeling, it is enough. So, in that spirit, I want to have this conversation. Here is the recent history of school shootings in this country, public rampages, not all at schools. And the number of victims going back to Columbine in 1999 all the way through Portland, Oregon, at a mall. Three people killed there. So the context is just so alarming. Senator Feinstein, we talk about guns, it often overshadows the debate about mental illness. But in the vein of gun control in this country and presidential leadership, you heard from Mayor Bloomberg. This is how The Washington Post described the president’s leadership back in July.
“I’m not going to take away your guns,” Obama promised in September of 2008. However, he advocated closing the loophole that allows for gun purchases without background checks at gun shows and for reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban. Obama kept his promises to gun owners but not to gun control advocates. The president signed bills allowing guns in national parks and on Amtrak. He has not pushed for the reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban nor has he moved towards closing the gun-show loophole. Has the president failed to lead on this, Senator?
[Dianne Feinstein] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, I’m not going to comment on that. I can tell you that he’s going to have a bill to lead on because as a first day bill, I’m going to introduce in the senate and the same bill will be introduced in the house – a bill to ban assault weapons. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession, not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets. So there will be a bill. We’ve been working on it now for a year. We’ve tried to take my bill from “94 to 2004 and perfect it. We believe we have. We exempt over 900 specific weapons that will not be – fall under the bill. But the purpose of this bill is to get just what Mayor Bloomberg said – weapons of war off the streets of our cities.
What makes you think it can pass that? We’ve had tragedies before and nothing happens.
Well, I’ll tell you what happened back in “93 when I told Joe Biden who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that I was going to move this as an amendment on the Crime Bill. He laughed at me. He said: you’re new here. Wait till you learn. And we got it through the Senate, we got it through the House, the White House came alive and the House of Representatives and the Clinton administration helped. The bill was passed. And the president signed it. It can be done.
David Gregory – Dianne Feinstein Wants To Ban Assault Weapons. A bill to ban assault weapons. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession, not retroactively but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums, or strips of more than ten bullets. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.