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Eric Holder Says Assault Weapon Ban Is Back

Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the administration will reinstate a ban on assault weapons.

Before you get too worried that Obama is taking unprecedented steps to limit your right to bear arms, know that he just wants to reinstate the ban that expired in 2004. In 1994, Congress banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds.

Holder's statements yesterday focused on the positive impact the ban will have . . . in Mexico! Drug traffickers south of the border often buy sophisticated weapons in the US, according to the Mexican government. And Mexico needs all the help it can get fighting the drug traffickers, since 6,000 people were killed last year due to drug violence.

Holder also explained how the ban fits into Obama's broader plan on guns:

As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Does this sound like good gun control policy?


armygreen82nd armygreen82nd 8 years
They say that we have the right to arm ourselves if need be to over throw the government but the reason they want to put this and other bans back into the law is because they do not want us to over throw them when they start to take over this country and do stuff to real americans that they are going to do. I mean hell look the pres is not even a legal citizen. Well I mean he will not even produce a vault copy of his birth certificate but a certificate of live birth which the state of Hawaii will let alot of people do for their children that are not born there. C'mon now I have served for nine years now I have even given both of my legs for this country and now you are going to fuck me out of the only thing that makes me some what happy. Lets start contacting our Congressmen and women as well as Senators to help over turn these laws when they come before them.
this1aguy this1aguy 8 years
These guys are idiots! Gun bans aren't a help to the nation or Mexico. Criminals are going ot obtain their weapons, fully auto or semiauto, regardless of a ban or not. The thing that makes them criminals is that they don't abide by the law. Gun bans are only hurting those of us who abide by the law and use semiauto weapons at ranges for recreation. America and Americans are getting dumber and dumber every day.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
Silly. I could see if they had renewed the ban in 2004. But we let it go out and for everything in the ban to become legal again then say "Hey, let's ban it again." What's the point. Most of us already have high-cap magazines and "assault" weapons, since the ban has been gone for five years. I like my gun collection. I've passed my background checks and I personally would like to buy more of the guns I have already legally obtained. Instead of them suddenly becoming illegal. If you want to ban something, ban something we haven't banned before. I mean really, what noticeable difference is there since the ban went out?
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
So, the federal government doesn't do its job securing our borders, and then blames criminals crossing our borders to buy guns illegally as the reason for another gun ban?
scott7138 scott7138 8 years
Hey biggest terrorist attack in American history was carried out with box cutters====we need to ban all of them.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Genesis, if you can't think of a use for a semi-automatic weapon, you don't know what "semi-automatic" means.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Genesis, I lived in an area where several people were stabbed over a few months. I don't think banning knives is the answer. :shrug:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Michelann it's all a matter of perspective. Besides Hainan trying to overthrow the govt I haven't seen a use for semi-automatics mentioned in the comments. After living in the city and seeing cops get killed and kids die after getting caught in the crossfire of a drug war there is no way I can say everyone should have an unlimited right to gun use.
scott7138 scott7138 8 years
Well I used to think like alot of folks out there who needs weapons like those. Check things out before you make a decision try going to you tube and checking out the new documentary (drug wars the movie) . When they have border town sheriffs willing to go on camera saying they have witnessed Mexican military escorting drug cartels to the border and could do nothing because they were so out gunned, I listen. This movie will explain alot. The main form of income for the Mexican government is drugs. They back whichever cartel pays the most. Like the man says in the movie without the money generated by the drug trade Mexico would go bankrupt in 2 years or less. Watch it and tell me if you lived in Jauerz and the cartel was doing to you what they are doing to them you wouldn't want at least a weapon that would give you a chance to protect yourself. I've changed my mind about alot ot things after doing some research. I really do believe now that an armed man is a citizen and an un-armed man is a subject. Think America
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Genesis, if you read the comments on this thread you'll see that they're not banning "the most dangerous, unnecessary guns". I think you' need to learn a little bit more about this ban (and perhaps about guns in general) before you celebrate.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Modus They're not banning all guns so it wouldn't be like banning all talking. They're banning the most dangerous, unnecessary guns to prevent problems like stopping people from yelling fire would prevent panic.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
"Congress banned 19 types of semi-automatic military-style guns and ammunition clips with more than 10 rounds." Okay - seriously: who really USES these types of guns? They don't make sense for hunting, and it seems kind of odd to just *have* them to have them, imo.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I wouldn't say that owning a gun is equivalent to yelling fire in a movie theater. Maybe shooting people would be similar, but by your analogy, it would be like banning speaking in a movie theater to prevent someone from yelling fire.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Your right to freedom of speech is limited. You can't scream fire in a public place if there's no fire. There's no reason your right to bear arms shouldn't be limited so you don't have semi-automatics to just start blasting away people.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Nice statue...LOL Um, my hub will definitely be purchasing some firearms pretty soon. He's not liking where things are going with the gun rights these days.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Would this ban even be constitutional now with that Supreme Court ruling?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
So I mean, if you've got around 10% or less of gun crimes being comitted with an "assualt weapon" then doesn't it feel like you're punishing the responsible owner with this ban?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I would agree with Haus, here in Philly all the murders are with handguns. Its rare you hear about something commited with a 'military style' gun.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
Good point Hainan
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
TS, only if you want to ban guns in the first place, otherwise you recognize the arbitraryness of it as a ploy full of propaganda to just ban something, anything.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I'd rather see tougher penalties on gun related crime than bans on specific guns themselves. JMO.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Thanks, organic! I was really hoping the administration would leave this issue alone for while and focus on all the promises Obama made in his speech. Alas, they've got to get everyone all in a tizzy.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
TS - Well part of the reason the ban was artbitrary is because such a small percentage of gun crime is by assault weapons. I think its under 10%.
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