US Senator to Introduce Gun Control Bill
an article by Meet the Press Transcripts (excerpt)
MR. DAVID GREGORY: This morning [December 16], a special edition of MEET THE PRESS, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Even as we grieve, will we face the troubling questions about the place of guns and violence in our modern life? Sandy Hook is the latest and most deadly of a series of mass murders that mark our time. . .
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GREGORY: 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 . . .
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA, Judiciary Committee): . . . 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.
GREGORY: What makes you think it can pass that? We’ve had tragedies before and nothing happens.
SEN. FEINSTEIN: 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.
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