April 29, 2009


What Happened to the Ban on Assault Weapons? (JIMMY CARTER, 4/27/09, NY Times)

THE evolution in public policy concerning the manufacture, sale and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons like AK-47s, AR-15s and Uzis has been very disturbing. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and I all supported a ban on these formidable firearms, and one was finally passed in 1994.

When the 10-year ban was set to expire, many police organizations — including 1,100 police chiefs and sheriffs from around the nation — called on Congress and President George W. Bush to renew and strengthen it. But with a wink from the White House, the gun lobby prevailed and the ban expired.

[T]he White House and Congress must not give up on trying to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, even if it may be politically difficult.

Odd the way the word "Democrats" never passes his lips, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2009 8:55 AM
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