Inside the left's new assault weapons ban
Will Sen. Feinstein's plan reduce gun violence?
- Duration 10:53
- Date Jan 24, 2013
Will Sen. Feinstein's plan reduce gun violence?
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I have a message to conservatives in this country those of -- that would disappointed over the election results back in November.
It's time to get over it stop whining put -- uniform back on it's time to get back in the game.
Yeah Obama won around here he got reelected but we cannot let the country that we love go to hell in my hand basket in the meantime.
If you don't get engaged right now he's gonna win the battle what he wants to transform America into his socialist utopia.
By the way in the process he's going to bankrupt the country.
He's gonna take away your constitutional rights.
So the type of feeling down and sad and depressed it's Cold War right now tonight.
Remember we still live in the greatest country in the world the country needs you right now so it's time to engage.
Now I also have a message to elected Republicans and conservatives in DC.
It's time to stop.
Fighting among yourselves tonight begin uniting.
Now Obama he wanted -- he's one of that since Election Day.
And frankly he's got a pretty good job of doing just that now Republicans if you do we unite you have the power you can vote yes you -- -- -- Have you stand united on your principles the White House is gonna have to deal with you.
You cannot accomplish a thing if you continue to allow Obama and the Democrats -- you.
Now my advice to all of you in Washington I hope you're hearing me get in a room remember your principles you not -- Fight that's why we the people that's what we elected you.
And the first thing you Republicans need to stand united on is a Second Amendment.
But this today -- one of the most brazen attempts to limit our Second Amendment Rights.
Democratic lawmakers unveiled what they are calling the assault weapons ban a 2013.
Make no mistake about it this sweeping anti gun measure is not aimed at taking away -- machine gun.
This proposal also places considerable restrictions on rifles on handguns and on shotguns and other words in short.
This is not Bill Clinton's 1994 assault weapons ban.
This is senator Dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban a 2013 watched us.
My colleagues and I are introducing a bill.
To prohibit the sale transfer.
Of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition -- devices that can except more than ten rounds.
Let me briefly describe the legislation.
Specifically named military style firearms.
Are built also.
Prohibits other semi automatic rifles handguns and shotguns.
Now we just heard -- you're right to bear arms being shattered by -- left -- lawmakers because 158.
Different firearms could soon be man right here in the US.
If in fact this -- signed -- -- law.
Now earlier in the press conference senator Feinstein explain why it's important to prevent you law abiding citizens and Americans.
From -- so called assault weapons which apparently now.
Now includes handguns and shotguns look at this.
Military style assault weapons have -- one purpose.
And in my view that's a military purpose to hold that the -- -- possible to spray fire.
To be able to kill large numbers -- forgive me senator but nobody's holding a handgun at their -- stores anybody using a shotgun to -- spray fire bullets.
That's simply not how guns work.
Now following that prey to misinformation the National Rifle Association they issued this statement quote.
Senator Feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law abiding citizens for decades it's disappointing but it's not surprising that she is once again focused.
On curtailing the constitution instead of prosecuting criminals.
Or fixing our broken mental health system.
And the American people know the gun bans -- not work and we are confident that congress will in fact reject senator feinstein's wrongheaded approach.
-- not just the American people who recognize that gun bans are not the answer -- preventing mass shootings.
A number of studies in fact have concluded that the 1994 law failed in that respect as well.
And according to a a review by the National Institute of Justice quote the -- has failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident.
Or multiple gunshot wound victims.
I'll say it again -- failed to reduce the average number of victims per -- murder.
And that by the way senator Feinstein by our own admission is the intent of this legislation that she unveiled today on Capitol Hill.
-- failed in 1994.
It will fail again in 2013 joining me now to debate the merits of this proposal.
On banning weapons and shotguns and pistols from the American Center for Law and Justice.
-- the -- gentlemen welcome back to a program.
Ty -- thinking it's on our Dennison particular welcome Monty you ill what we disagree on issues.
You're pretty honest guy though.
Politician gives his word I'm sure you believe that they should follow through on it.
So Barack Obama said he's never gonna go away after our guns to what he said he made that promise.
Why wouldn't do that now.
Was actually doing.
Well we can't -- you know he can't get rid of of everyone's guns because the Supreme Court case DC vs -- Established.
The right to bear arms as an individual right so that's -- given.
But -- trying to point is he's trying budget but the constitution.
Protects the right to bear arms with this lies trying to do.
And answered it recognize accounts Richards what does it do it exempts about point 250 different kinds of God's.
But it clearly is going after assault weapons and I mean I understand that but I there's one point I want to make before we start to debate and that it says here's what I don't understand.
This -- The people are weaponized in themselves.
Historically because there of you know historically you go back to -- getting a constitution.
It was to protect themselves against the tyrannical government.
So now -- government getting ever more powerful people weaponized themselves what's happening at the same time more of our tax dollars is going.
Dropping to make a government even more powerful.
Somebody asked a puzzle that out for me and be up Scotty JE I'm I'm but he.
Dennis Kucinich is the first liberal that is that that seems to actually have an understanding of the Second Amendment.
Well he's an intent and the congressman to his credit said it correctly the Supreme Court has recognized that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is an individual right but -- when you look at legislation as a lawyer.
And the congress and of course those incidents and years of service in the congress yet to say what's the aim of the legislation here and and the problem with senator feinstein's bill.
Is not only is -- broader.
Then that the in 1994 provision the assault weapons ban but it's they call -- an assault weapons ban but that's not what it is.
It goes much further it would be unconstitutional.
If this legislation became law the Supreme Court would strike it down.
As unconstitutional but -- there's another thing here is that we have to be really.
Really concerned with and that is the political move of what's happening to remember right after the tragedies that took place it's sandy hook elementary school.
The president was asked and others were asked questions about how about having police officers on these elementary school campuses and the answer was -- we don't even more guns in school.
Well the answer though is really did the exact opposite of that.
What the NRA and others have said it is the answer.
Security personnel in elementary schools and other events and yet by the -- -- sporting events -- armed security have among college campuses it's.
It's focusing on the wrong issue this -- Said that the assault weapon ban on 1994 did not think.
To lower crime and as anybody that's watching this broadcast now think that a sign posted that said.
Do not carry your weapon in this area is gonna prevent what happens sandy hook what do we have a lot -- hit a laws so that medical professionals when they find out there's a problem can take action.
Well let me go to Dennis could actually -- -- could answer that the a weapon that was used one of the weapons -- -- sandy -- was a bushmaster AR fifteen.
Now that used to be before the patent -- -- the M sixteen expired.
That was an M six -- eight so now was made sure before -- there's a -- several manufacturers of semi automatic step but it can fire 45 shots.
In a minute but just by squeezing the trigger so you know that's the problem it's always had to kill I don't know I don't -- I'm fifteen with a you know I know a lot of organs but let me just throw to treat things -- used said Dennis Kucinich of -- -- From -- I was glad to hear you actually have a fundamental understanding of the second -- -- more so than anybody else on your side so far that I've heard.
Well I'm gonna have an honest discussion I've been a marksman since some 1112 years old so I didn't understand more than anything else gun safety.
My guns are locked up you can't get to them.
We should have responsible gun ownership in this country.
But what -- talk about guns don't we really we wanna stop sandy hooks.
Don't we have to deal with mental health but we have to be -- parenting -- -- our values.
These guys don't fire themselves to congressman.
You know thank you I mean I I if I we had made it up I was in congress this assault weapons ban is something I'd give careful consideration to but I want to say something.
Shot what you just said fundamentally right.
This is a broad issue that touches all of American society.
We we have a unfortunately a violent society our guns make it very easy for people to act out again -- their aggression.
But the truth that is that the mental health problems in our society have not received enough attention you do when there's -- violence gets you attention.
But we weren't able to get mental health parity in a lot of health care legislation.
You know I I know individual family got members.
Where struggled with problems can you not able to -- help mentally ill people you can't do it well but so -- -- -- the society we didn't care for people RJ does throw them away.
To build and run Eric hit the laws that can help you hit a -- the privacy laws are part of the problem here.
And the president thinks by the way the backhand he can undo those and you can't this the problem here is you need a fundamental review all of the mental health laws -- you can -- sandy -- -- that medical professionals are not afraid to notify authorities and I would hope it died in the congressman said he understands that -- Good news I've read in that sense I -- -- -- -- -- back in congress to do vote that way because I don't know about will be changed in congress -- sought at the end of the day if that is not addressed.
All of this is meaningless that -- be addressed by mental health professional race comments you know my.
Privacy -- did you have to be Castro but but at the medical -- time at the same time we have to recognize -- you aren't.
Pointed out shot this -- -- -- how -- -- make how do we make this a less violent society.
That -- would be the discussions and it's not only you know this is only about guys you can you can pass all -- gun legislation you want.
You're still gonna have some underlying issues of violence in the society.
Congressman welcome into other network jail is gonna -- you very much.