The gun laws in America have long been in need of strict reforms that do not expire. The type of weapons that have been discovered in mass shootings and residential areas are not needed for civilian purposes, so it is only logical that congressmen call for a ban on assault weapons.
During Clinton’s administration in 1994, he signed a bill banning assault weapons, but unfortunately, the law had an expiration date. The law expired in 2004, just in time for George Bush to keep it that way. It’s no secret that the GOP offer strong opposition to any type of gun reform and are not in favor of anything that would alter their gun freedoms.
Bush country, AKA Texas, is known for toting guns loosely and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) wants to keep it that way. The Huffington Post reported that Gohmert argued on Fox News Sunday that mass killings like in Newtown, Connecticut, occur in areas where citizens are unarmed:
“There has been great investigation and study into this,” Gohmert told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, “They choose this place [because] they know no one will be armed.”
But his eye-for-an-eye rant went further into the abysmal hole of unintelligent rhetoric when he commented on the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School:
“Chris, I wish to God she had had an m-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out … and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.”
But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has another plan! Sunday, on Meet the Press, she announced that she plans to introduce Clinton’s abandoned assault weapons legislation on the first day of the new Congress.
“I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein said.
Connecticut’s governor Dannel Malloy is already behind her 200 percent.
“I think when we talk about the assault weapons ban that was in place in the U.S., to have allowed that to have gone away …,” Malloy told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “These are assault weapons. You don’t hunt deer with these things.”
Judging from Gohmert’s side of the aisle, there will be opposition, but these children’s lives can only be honored by the strictest and most formidable gun laws this country has ever seen.
Read more here and watch the President’s speech after hearing about the tragedy in Connecticut. His words hint that he is already behind Sen. Feinstein.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Meet the Press:
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy: