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7th-Sep-2004 03:35 pm
In 2000, President Bush campaigned on a promise to renew the assault weapons ban. Yet today, after we've endured mass murders like Columbine and terrorists have bought assault weapons on American soil, President Bush is letting the ban expire.

Bush is jeopardizing our safety for the sake of an endorsement from the National Rifle Association. As reported in the newspaper The Hill, "The National Rifle Association's (NRA) endorsement of Bush is on hold until after the ban expires."

Since 1994, the assault weapons ban has taken the deadliest military- style weapons off our streets, dramatically cutting their use in crimes by 66 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and reducing the murder rates of police officers and the public.

This is not a partisan issue -- the assault weapons ban was supported by Presidents Reagan, Ford, Carter, and Clinton, and by Republicans Tom Ridge and Rudy Giuliani. The ban is supported by 74 percent of American voters, by Republicans and Democrats on the committees that investigated 9/11, and by virtually every police officers' association including the Major Cities Chiefs Association, International Brotherhood of Police Officers , National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), National Black Police Association, and Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.

Yet President Bush is letting the ban expire, as he refuses to call on Congress to send him the ban renewal for his signature.

If he lets it expire, beginning Tuesday the 14th of September, an 18-year-old will once again be able to buy an AK-47 assault rifle in most states.

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7th-Sep-2004 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hear hear! This is a BIG story with so many angles:

- it is at odds with our stated strategy of disarming violent terrorists
- it voilates a campaign promis (oh, is that a flip-flop?)
- it is blatant pandering to a special interest group (gee, I thought only Democrats did that.)
- it goes against what most Americans want
- this is such a wrong time to make weapons capable of mass killing more available within the US.

The Bush strategy = Sad = Stupid = Scary = A victory for Evil
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