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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:31 AM

Newtown police chief adds voice to call for assault weapons ban



NEWTOWN, Conn. – Police Chief Michael Kehoe has a message for the White House: “Ban assault weapons, restrict those magazines that so have so many bullets in them, shore up any loopholes in our criminal background checks,” he said in an exclusive interview with NBC News.

As Vice President Joe Biden prepares to present his gun violence proposals to the White House this week, the residents of Newtown—including first responders and some families of the victims—are speaking out on gun policy for the first time.

Few have a more personal connection to the issue than Kehoe: He was one of the first on the scene at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 after reports came in of a shooting. He says he’s still haunted by flashbacks of what he witnessed when he entered the school from the rear -- the eerie silence in the hallways, the smell of burnt gunpowder and then the bodies of dead children on the floor of the classrooms.

“I was sickened. I was angry,” he said. “It was something I never could have imagined could have happened in any school in Newtown.”

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/13/16496402-newtown-police-chief-adds-voice-to-call-for-assault-weapons-ban?lite

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Playinghardball Jan 2013 OP
tavalon Jan 2013 #1
Recursion Jan 2013 #2
Downwinder Jan 2013 #4
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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:55 AM

1. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:53 AM

2. No. It's still a dumb idea. A lot of wool is being pulled over a lot of eyes here.

Look, this is an emotional issue, but that isn't a reason to pass stupid laws.

The magazine size restrictions are a great idea. Background checks on private transfers are a great idea. Renewing the AWB is a very bad idea, and it will sink the other two if it's attached to it.

There is a class of weapons that can fire a significant amount of bullets in a short time: semi-automatics with detachable magazines. A sensible response to a crime committed with this class of weapon might be to ban them, but that's not what any assault weapons ban ever proposed does. Instead they regulate what that class of firearm can look like. I can't stress this enough: it doesn't limit a firearm's capacity to fire bullets, it regulates what the fastest-firing class of legal civilian firearm can look like.

The '94 ban and Connecticut's state ban meant that Lanza's rifle (which was legal under the AWB) couldn't have a bayonet lug. The ban Feinstein is currently proposing would mean the manufacturer will have to change the shape of the grip (and sell it under a different brand name). This is stupid.

Either ban/reschedule semi-automatics with detachable magazines or don't. Futzing around with what they look like is pointless. Particularly if it's politically damaging, and even more particularly if we get one shot to do this while it's still on the public's mind.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:24 PM

4. Agreed, license gun operators like pilots.

Require initial and annual competency checks and annual physicals. Ratings for the type of weapon

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:57 AM

3. I hope some of those first responders get help if they need it.

I can imagine PTSD can occur from what they saw.

And I totally agree with him. Unfortunately, I don't know if another assault weapons ban is possible with the Congress we have. It was tough back in the 90's to begin with.

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