Feinstein: I'm Bringing Assault Weapon Ban to Senate
Gun control dominates the day in wake of Newtown shootings
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the author of the lapsed 1994 ban on assault weapons, says she's bringing another measure to the floor of the Senate.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Gun control has roared back into the national debate, and the issue took over today's political talk shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, though David Gregory noted that all 31 pro-gun rights members of the incoming Senate declined his invitation to appear on Meet the Press. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, however, wasted no time in vowing to reintroduce a ban on assault weapons, saying, "There will be a bill. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively but prospectively." President Obama, she vowed, "is going to have a bill to lead on." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas: "The conversation we’ve got to have has got to have everybody open-minded," he said, adding that he wished Principal Dawn Hochsprung "had had an M4 in her office locked up and so when she heard gunshots … she takes his head off before he can hurt those kids."

  • Conn. Sen-elect Patrick Murphy: "The time for sort of saying that we can't talk about the policy implications of tragedies like this is over. We're going to be on the floor of the Senate very soon talking about where we go from here."
  • Conn. Sen. Richard Blumenthal: "I'm hearing from the community as well as my colleagues in law enforcement: We need to do something. Out of respect for the families and their grief, I'm not going to be more specific about that conversation."
  • Former education secretary William Bennett: "I'm not sure so—and I'm sure I'll get nailed for this—I wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing. It has to be someone who is trained, it has to be someone who is responsible. But my God, if you can prevent this kind of thing..."
  • Michael Bloomberg on the NRA: "Today, the NRA's power is so vastly overrated. The public, when you do the polls, they want to stop this carnage. And if 20 kids isn't enough to convince 'em, I don't know what would be," he said, adding that, "This myth that the NRA can destroy political careers is just not true."
  • Chuck Schumer's three steps: "One is to ban assault weapons, try and reinstate the assault weapons bans. Second is to limit the size of clips to maybe no more than 10 bullets per clip, and third is to make it harder for mentally unstable people to get guns."

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Dec 18, 2012 10:53 AM CST
Fienstien needs to get her facts strieght.....private ownership of assault weapons has BEEN banned since the 1930's What these idiots are talking about are simply semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.....
Dec 17, 2012 4:44 PM CST
To all who are for banning large magazine capacities, are you saying that you would find the killing of 5 - 10 children acceptable instead of killing 20 - 30? Or, should we reduce the number to just 1 or 2, would that be acceptable? The problem isn't the gun or it's capacity, it's the mentally deranged person using the weapon. Remove the guns altogether, then will the murder of children by someone with a knife, car, bomb, etc. be acceptable? This country current "mass murder" problem has to do with PEOPLE not objects!
Dec 17, 2012 4:00 PM CST
Once again we have the radical element that prefers to ban guns ready to take on the NRA which has taken to fight any sensible regulations rather than support legislation that protects shooter's rights while controlling consequences that may result from the ordinary criminal or the criminally insane. The typical magazine for a .45 caliber automatic holds 7 bullets. Magazines for 9 and 10 mm and .40 caliber pistols hold as many as 16 rounds. Why not limit the capacity of all such pistols to 7 rounds except for police and the military? Furthermore, there is NO reason for civilian rifles to have magazine capacities of more than 5 rounds. 20 and 30 round magazines do not belong in the hands of civilians. With limited capacity magazines, individuals have an opportunity to disarm an individual when he has to reload. The time is long overdue for sensible national regulations. Unfortunately both the NRA and Congress have proved impotent in their ability to resolve any important National Issues. The leadership of each never learned how to lead or resolve issues. This is written by a life member of the NRA who is a retired soldier with a thorough knowledge of weaponry.