Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) promised Sunday to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons at the start of the next Congress, which is set to resume Jan. 3.
In the wake of Friday’s tragic shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Conn., Feinstein described her plans to introduce the bill during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The bill, according to Feinstein, will be introduced in both the House and the Senate and will provide Obama “a bill to lead on” for the coming year.
“Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?” Feinstein posted on her campaign website. “These weapons are not for hunting deer — they’re for hunting people.”
During the interview, Feinstein explained that the bill will “ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession [of assault weapons], not retroactively, but prospectively.”
Feinstein has been working to renew the assault weapons ban that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994. Clinton’s bill expired in 2004 despite Democrats’ insistence to renew it.
Feinstein rightly believes that the bill has a good chance of success, given the two assault weapon-related massacres that occurred this year. The first was the Aurora, Colo. movie theatre shooting where 70 people were shot and 12 died and the second was last week’s Sandy Hook shooting, which took the lives of mostly children.
It is unfortunate that it takes a tragedy — especially one that involves the brutal mass murders of 20 young children — to get politicians to agree, especially concerning measures designed to protect the public.
If the 1994 assault weapons ban wouldn’t have expired, perhaps those children would still be looking forward to celebrating the holidays with their families.