Qualified Support for Democrats' Assault Rifle Ban Proposal

Local advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise says they "welcome" all proposals, but have not reached consensus on whether to support the legislation.


Senate Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would both military-style assault rifles and high-capacity clips, and local groups have been quick to respond. The legislation is the first congressional response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Dianne Feinstein (D-California) introduced the bill at a press conference surrounded by assault rifles, including AR-15s, according to ABC News.

"I remain horrified by the massacre committed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown," she said, according to ABC News. "I’m also incensed that our weak gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again and again and again." 

The bill is in line with proposals President Barack Obama sent to congress last week, which also included enforcing background checks for gun buyers.

U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-4) was a co-sponsor of the bill.

"It does not take a military-style gun to kill a deer, have fun at the shooting range, or protect your family,” said Himes in a statement his office released Thursday. “This bill strikes an ideal balance between keeping our communities safe and preserving the freedoms of American gun owners. I look forward to working with my colleagues to send this bill to the President’s desk.”

Sandy Hook Promise, the Newtown-based advocacy group started in the wake of the tragedy, offered qualified support -- but said they had not yet come to a consensus on endorsing legislation. The group had "applauded" Obama's proposals last week, but said change could not stop at legislation.

"As we search for solutions to preventing another tragedy like Sandy Hook, we have learned that there are no easy answers," said a release from Sandy Hook Promise co-founder Tim Makris. "We hope that our elected officials will review the wide range of ideas that have been put forward since the tragedy with an open mind and engage in a constructive debate that leads us to a better, safer place.  The one thing we cannot afford is inaction."

Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy also join the coalition to introduce the legislation, according to the New Haven Register.

“This measure is a signature moment in this campaign to help stop gun violence,” said Blumenthal, according to the Register.

brutus January 25, 2013 at 02:10 PM
"It does not take a military-style gun to kill a deer, have fun at the shooting range, or protect your family.” I'm really sick and tired of this bastardization of our fundamental right to bear arms. The second amendment has absolutely nothing, zero, zilch to do with hunting or fun at the range, and is only minimally concerned with protecting your family. for the millionth time, the purpose of the second amendment is to recognize that citizens have the right to be armed in the event they are being oppressed by a tyrannical government. I know, I know, that's just so extreme because that's never happened in world history -- oh wait, of course it has. and besides, even if you think that's extreme, it doesn't really matter because that IS why the second amendment exists. and what's worse is that a public servant, whose sworn oath is to uphold the Constitution, either doesn't know this, or chooses to ignore it. and by the way, I say this as an owner of one measly little handgun for home protection. I am no "gun nut" preparing for the apocalypse. I have never, and probably will never own an AR-15 or similar rifle, but I fully respect every law abiding citizen's right to own one.
Jim January 25, 2013 at 02:39 PM
It is my right as a US citizen to have a. AR in my possesion. Since when should i listen to a liberial. Nowhere in the constitution does it say that
Paul Reis January 25, 2013 at 07:23 PM
There needs to be a way to keep these weapons away from the mentally unstable, not the law abiding citizen. Banning any sort of gun is taking the easy out just to say something was done. Get to work... figure out how you can connect medical records, or past "aggressions toward a human being", with gun ownership. Don't allow a gun within a dwelling that houses someone that is mentally unstable. Don't give a permit to someone that has a history of domestic disputes, etc. The law abiding citizen should not have to take the punishment for the acts of the careless.
Tax Man January 25, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Dianne Feinstein was quoted on working on this bill for over a year... This was at the top of the agenda well before Newtown as they are trying to say it is all about. Unfortunately Newtown was what she chose to use as the reasoning for it. Ct should also get all the facts before trying to pass any further gun control as we are already the 4th strictest in the Nation. The Governor wants a report from his committee on recommendations by March yet the State Police and other entities will take until June or so for a factual report


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