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Posted: 5/7/2003 12:43:34 PM EDT
Broad Coalition Calls for a Strengthened Assault Weapons Ban 5/7/2003 Email Print Subscribe Press Release Doctors Against Handgun Injury 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1012 Washington, D.C. 20009 Contact: Rebecca Bruno Phone: 202-232-3319 Groups Representing Consumers, Children, Civil Rights, Health Professionals, and Women call on Senator Feinstein to Support a Strengthened Assault Weapons Ban. Washington -- Fifty organizations, led by Consumer Federation of America and Doctors Against Handgun Injury, delivered letters to Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) urging her to introduce legislation that would not only reauthorize the 1994 assault weapons ban, but also strengthen it by addressing the limitations in existing law, which the gun industry has manipulated. [B]The coalition maintains that legislation to reauthorize the 1994 ban must deal with military-style weapons available to the public by clarifying the definition of the term "assault weapon." The term "assault weapon" must include any semiautomatic rifle, shotgun, or pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and includes one listed additional feature such as a pistol grip, fore-end grip, or collapsible stock. This improvement recognizes the features that represent the essence of an assault weapon and would make the law harder for manufacturers to circumvent. In addition, the bill should ban conversion parts kits; regulate "grandfathered" assault weapons and enhance the tracing of such weapons; ban all high-capacity magazines, including imports; and prohibit juvenile possession. The bill should also expand the number of weapons specifically banned by name to include assault weapons, such as the Bushmaster XM15 used by the alleged Washington snipers, that were specifically designed to evade the 1994 law. [/B] The current ban is set to expire in September of 2004 and Congress is faced with the decision to reauthorize the legislation or let it lapse. Although the current ban was a solid attempt to curtail an extremely unregulated industry, it is common knowledge -- among the pro-gun community, the media, and the public -- that the gun industry has successfully evaded the law. The coalition asked Senator Feinstein to use this opportunity to readdress the ban and plug the loopholes that make it easy to manipulate. The coalition looks forward to working with Senator Feinstein and President Bush, who has said he supports reauthorizing the current ban. National Organizations American Association of Suicidology Association of Clinicians for the Underserved Central Conference of American Rabbis The Consumer Alliance Consumer Federation of America Doctors Against Handgun Injury American Academy of Pediatrics American Association for the Surgery of Trauma American College of Emergency Physicians American College of Physicians American College of Preventive Medicine American College of Surgeons American Medical Women's Association Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma National Hispanic Medical Association National Medical Association Physicians for Social Responsibility Society of Critical Care Medicine Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Freedom States Alliance General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America Handgun-Free America, Inc. Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Washington Office National Council of Jewish Women National Organization for Women National Women's Health Network Presbyterian Church USA, Washington Office Union of American Hebrew Congregations Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries Voices for America's Children (formerly National Association of Child Advocates) State/Local Groups CeaseFire Maryland CeaseFire NJ CeaseFire PA Champaign County Health Care Consumers (IL) Chicago Consumer Coalition Children Now (CA) Citizens' Committee for Children of New York Columbia Consumer Education Council (SC) Consumer Federation of California Democratic Processes Center, Inc. (AZ) Florida Consumer Action Network Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence Kids in Common (CA) Massachusetts Consumers' Coalition Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition New Mexico Voices for Children New Yorkers Against Gun Violence North Carolina Consumers Council, Inc. Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence Oregon Consumer League Physicians for a Violence-free Society (CA) Statewide Youth Advocacy (NY) Trauma Foundation (CA) Voices for Illinois Children Voices for Virginia's Children Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Youth ALIVE! (CA)
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:46:02 PM EDT
Well, that's it. I'm out of the ELCA!
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:47:14 PM EDT
These people don't know when to quit. President Bush said he'd reauthorize the current ban if it was put on his desk. He has not said anything about supporting a STRENGTHENED (i.e. worse than California) one. The fools are going to shoot themselves in the foot on this one.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:48:58 PM EDT
I don't have an AR yet. Looks like I may never have one. [:(]
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:52:28 PM EDT
Looks like I'm not going to become a Presbyterian after all....
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:53:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By California_Kid: These people don't know when to quit. President Bush said he'd reauthorize the current ban if it was put on his desk. He has not said anything about supporting a STRENGTHENED (i.e. worse than California) one. The fools are going to shoot themselves in the foot on this one.
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I don't know about that. The Dems will offer a very strong ban and then they will be forced to compromise and concede but it still will be worse than the 1994 ban. JMHO CRC
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 12:54:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Zaphod: Looks like I'm not going to become a Presbyterian after all....
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Join the PCA, not the PC USA. CRC
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 1:27:07 PM EDT
These people clearly need a fastball to the face. Doctors Against Handgun Injury [url]http://www.doctorsagainsthandguninjury.org/position.html[/url] [b]Action[/b] "To promote public safety, health professionals and health systems should ask about gun ownership when taking a medical history or engaging in preventive counseling. Patients should be provided with information about the risks of having a gun in the home, as well as methods to reduce the risk, should they continue to choose to keep them. The presence of firearms in the home increases the risk of suicide, unintentional injury, and can result in a physically violent situation escalating to homicide. If, despite this counseling, the patient (or patient's family) decides to keep a gun in the home, the physician should provide them with information about secure storage as a way to reduce risk". I'm assuming it's somehow connected with this. (Do not hotlink... links to the Brady Center. Also requires Adobe Acrobat reader) Americans Against Assault Weapons http://www.bradycampaign.org/downloads/aaaw.pdf I suppose there's two ways of looking at this. One, a strengthened bill will make it that more difficult to pass committee. Two, if [b] it did pass[/b], we are truly fucked.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 1:45:56 PM EDT
I'm hoping we can get a cloture-proof body of Senators (41) on our side and filibuster the thing to death like the Dems are doing to all the good judicial nominees. Better still, kill it in committee.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 2:06:00 PM EDT
Funny thing is that "doctors" KILL OVER 85,000 PEOPLE A YEAR DUE TO UNECESSARY SURGERY. Sounds like they should police their own instead of us.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:25:55 PM EDT
I thought churches lose their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status when they engage in political lobbying?
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:29:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe: I don't have an AR yet. Looks like I may never have one. [:(]
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is that because you're too young to buy one, or because you don't have the funds yet? if you're too young to buy, but have the money, i'm sure you could get someone here to buy one and promise to sell it to you at cost once you've "come of age"
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:36:39 PM EDT
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If a bill like that passed, I would ignore it. It had better be "The Line" as well. Fortunately, I am sure that it won't. The scariest part to me is:
In addition, the bill should ban conversion parts kits; [red]regulate "grandfathered" assault weapons and enhance the tracing of such weapons[/red]; ban all high-capacity magazines, including imports; and prohibit juvenile possession.
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I would LOVE to see how the ATF would interpret THAT. On the other hand, I really do appreciate the efforts these groups go to to marginalize themselves. If the last ban barely passed a much shittier legislature, this had damn well better not pass now!
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:45:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe: I don't have an AR yet. Looks like I may never have one. [:(]
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is that because you're too young to buy one, or because you don't have the funds yet? if you're too young to buy, but have the money, i'm sure you could get someone here to buy one and promise to sell it to you at cost once you've "come of age"
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I will sell you one, when you are "of age" (If that is the problem...)
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 6:30:31 PM EDT
My interest in firearms are mostly in ARs. I do love tactical shotguns and pistols too, but what I really love is military style weapons. (including M203s and tactical rifles [:D] no fund yet [:(]) They don't know the more they make it worse, they more chance it will not pass.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 8:03:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Mugzilla:
Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe: I don't have an AR yet. Looks like I may never have one. [:(]
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is that because you're too young to buy one, or because you don't have the funds yet? if you're too young to buy, but have the money, i'm sure you could get someone here to buy one and promise to sell it to you at cost once you've "come of age"
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I will sell you one, when you are "of age" (If that is the problem...)
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I don't have the money right now. Edit: Doh! Forgot my manners! Thanks for asking. [:)]
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 9:23:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/8/2003 9:35:16 AM EDT by Bladerunner]
[B]The term "assault weapon" must include any semiautomatic rifle, shotgun, or [I][U]pistol[/I][/U] that can accept a detachable magazine and includes one listed [I]additional feature such as a [U]pistol grip[/U][/I], fore-end grip, or collapsible stock.[/B] I can't believe this! By definition this would ban all semi-automatic handguns in addition to AR15's etc.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 9:32:15 AM EDT
This is actually a good thing. A strengthen ban will not pass and Bush has said he does not support any changes in the ban. If a modified ban gets to his desk (it wont) he wont sign it(so he says). I believe this is his strategy all along. He says he will sign the old one but the chances of it or a new one making it to his desk is remote. So he appears to support the current ban knowing it will expire and a new one wont pass either.
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