Skip to comments.Biden and the White House are 'still pushing' for assault weapons ban
Posted on 03/20/2013 3:57:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
Vice President Biden and the Obama administration still hope to pass a federal assault weapons ban, Biden said Wednesday.
"I'm still pushing that it pass we are still pushing that it pass. The same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in '94 was attached to the Biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass," Biden said Wednesday in an interview with NPR. "It was declared dead several times."
Earlier in the week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that a proposal to reinstitute a federal assault weapons ban would not be included in a gun control bill the Senate plans to vote on soon. Reid said the proposal, which Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced, would have weighed down the rest of the gun control bill. New gun conttrol legislation, especially an assault weapons ban, faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
President Obama has urged Congress to pass legislation reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
Obama also charged Biden with leading a Congressional task force to make recommendations for reducing gun violence.
Biden has been a staunch proponent of passing new gun laws. He also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1994 when the panel considered a crime bill that included a 10-year assault weapons ban.
"I believe that the vast majority of the American people agree with us, the vast majority of gun owners agree with us, that military-style assault weapons are these are weapons of war; they don't belong in the street," Biden said. "And [in] the recent decision declaring the right of someone to own a weapon in their home for self-protection, Justice [Antonin] Scalia acknowledged that you can constitutionally ban certain types of weapons. So I'm not going to give up on this."
The effort to pass new gun laws is in response to a shooting massacre last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in 28 dead, including 20 young children.
On Tuesday White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said the White House would "find the votes" to pass the ban.
Biden has it all figured out and Obama and DiFi agree, we only need a shotgun to fire two shots in the air to protect ourselves. /s
“I believe that the vast majority of the American people agree with us, the vast majority of gun owners agree with us, that military-style assault weapons are these are weapons of war; they don’t belong in the street,” Biden said.”
I wouldn’t go that far, Joe. Based on my own experience, and judging from the way gun and ammo sales have been skyrocketing, I get a rather different impression than what Biden is saying. I also get the impression that people aren’t buying semi-autos in record number just to turn around and register them or turn them in.
Here’s a big question: how easy is it to reload a clip into an AK-47 or AR-15 as opposed to a clip in a Beretta, this, I think, is the reason why a pistol is used far more frequently in mass shootings than a full assault rifle, reloading process is far less cumbersome, as well as the gun.
Second, shouldn’t the U.S. populace be concerned about having to fend off more than petty home intruders when we get weakened, or put to shame by our own enemies, thanks to your disarmament ideas?
Again, combine that with the fact that handguns are used far more as a weapon of aggression than actual assault rifles. I have a feeling that they must be a whole lot easier to use inside buildings, easier to reload, and lighter in weight than an assault rifle. Again, I didn’t think that the non-military rifles neccessarily had full auto.
I wouldn’t go that far either, in fact I’d call it an outright lie.
Joe is confused, he thinks this is democracy and that it matters one iota what other people want or think
Which gun can’t be used in an assault?
Thanks and to take it one step further, what couldn’t be used as an assault weapon?
i think i will stock up on compound bows and arrows. than i will get slingshots, club and a portable boulder/rock launcher. hey at least i will be armed for the last war, rocks, and a club.
opps i better be careful the government might ban my wheelchair, take away my bow and arrows and outlaw portable boulder/rock launcher.
when i get the usual politician coming around i am usually on the john deere, and always keep the stihl chainsaw nearby.
If this means we don’t have to wait til 2016 for a changing of the guard, that works!
Just Buy a shotgun?
obama wants the issue not the solution.
So true. I can't look at him without thinking of the "Simple Jack" character in Tropic Thunder.