From the Washington Times, April 26,2004:
A survey released last week shows a majority of Americans are in favor of continuing the ban on assault weapons, and in households with National Rifle Association members, the numbers were about evenly split.
The survey, which interviewed 28,446 persons from Oct. 7 to April 19, shows 71 percent of people in households without guns support extending the law, as do 64 percent of those in households with guns.
The University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey says 46 percent of respondents in households with NRA members support continuing the 10-year-old ban.
From Today’s LA Times:
Congress will not vote on an assault weapons ban set to expire Monday, Republican leaders said.
“I think the will of the American people is consistent with letting it expire, so it will expire,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) told reporters.
And from the San Fran Chronicle:
“If the president asked me, it’d still be no … because we don’t have the votes to pass an assault weapons ban and it will expire Monday and that’s that,” House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, told reporters later.
Appearing at a news conference, chiefs of police from the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle predicted an increase in violent gun crimes if the bans does expire.
“Our streets, our homes, our citizens and our police officers will face great danger unless the federal ban on assault weapons is renewed,” said Charles H. Ramsey, the police chief in the nation’s capital.
So while Bush said in 2000 that he supported the ban, he hasn’t even told DeLay that he wants a vote. What does he say? Well, here’s what a spokesman said:
“The president’s views on this matter are long-held and well-known,” Lisaius said. “The fact remains that the president doesn’t determine the legislative calendar for Congress. Furthermore he believes strongly that the best way to crack down on crimes committed with guns is to enforce current laws.”
You mean the current law that will not be law after Monday? I’m so sick of this shit I could vommit.