Assault weapons ban falls to gun culture, NRA

  • Article by: Los Angeles Times Editorial
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 6:57 PM

The 58 percent of Americans who favor a ban on assault weapons got a sad lesson in Washington politics this week when a major bill to end their sale, and to eliminate the high-capacity magazines that allow mass killers to do their awful work without pausing to reload, was effectively squelched.

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badboyzsMar. 21, 13 7:26 PM

58% of who? We don't know what was asked or how it was asked and we don't even know who asked it to whom. You can make a poll or a survey look any way you want depending on who you ask and how you ask it.

And, there you go again blaming an organization with a very small number of members. The AARP boasts 40 million people. The NRA claims 4.3 million. All the NRA does is lobby for our constitutional rights the same way Planned Parenthood does.

The reality is that moderate democrats like me are sick and tired of the extreme left pushing their agenda on us. Our elected representatives listened to us and said NO. We have had enough of this silliness. New laws will not prevent gun violence and we reject your attempt to ban guns through gradual, incremental means.

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Don9539Mar. 21, 13 7:48 PM

"What will it take for that to happen?" IMO it will take convincing the reasonable among us that your proposals will actually do good. I am unwilling to trade my civil liberties for your illusion of safety.

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melloncollieMar. 21, 13 8:41 PM

Less than 5% of gun owners belong to the NRA and yet the far left finds it necessary to blame the NRA.

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phatcatpatMar. 22, 13 7:13 AM

"what is truly appalling is the lie that the Dems didn't produce a budget each and every year because it DID."

Show us the senate democrats budget. Please. Do you really want to tell us they submitted a budget proposal? "This is a lie, one told over & over". Here are a couple lies told over and over: Romney paid no taxes. The Bush tax cuts only benefited the rich. There are 50 million people who can't afford insurance. The AZ shootings were caused by talk radio and the TEA Party. Of course, you know who spread these lies over and over and over again don't you.

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FreeMplsMar. 22, 13 8:28 AM

I checked Gallup. I dont see the 58% favoring a ban on assult weapons but rather 58% favoring stronger gun comntrols. This can mean many things. Also I see the NRA with an approval rating of over 50%

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twspt7Mar. 22, 1311:35 AM

"'what is truly appalling is the lie that the Dems didn't produce a budget each and every year because it DID.' Show us the senate democrats budget" And this has exactly what to do with the LA Times editorial? You are posting on the wrong article, phatcatpat, to say nothing of displaying ignorance as to the budgeting procedures of our government as spelled out by the Constitution.

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sharkysharkMar. 22, 1311:51 AM

Feinstein's bill is meaningless posturing from the misinformed. No focus on mental health or criminal gangs. There's no "gun problem" that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. If they really want to reduce violence, let's look at the reasons that it occurs and the individuals that are doing it.

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pistols12Mar. 22, 1312:14 PM

We live in a republic, and not a democracy in the truest sense of the word. We elect representatives and a president, but then they can govern the say they want, for good or for bad.

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davehougMar. 22, 1312:39 PM

OR folks know an "assault rifle" functions like most hunting rifles, it just looks different.

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chuckdancerMar. 22, 13 4:47 PM

What percent of gun owners own assault weapons as defined in this bill? Where do gun owners use these weapons and how often do they use them? The legislation regarding these weapons and other access bills were started in the tragedies across this country. This issue was not on the radar until then.

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