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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:44 PM

Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress

An assault weapons ban is picking up steam in the House and on the 2020 campaign trail as Democrats search for a way to respond to two recent mass shootings while putting greater political pressure on recalcitrant Republican leaders.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner in the Democratic race, this week vowed to reinstate and strengthen the 1994 ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines if he's elected president, declaring in a New York Times op-ed: "We have to get these weapons of war off our streets."

And nearly 200 House Democrats have now signed on to legislation - authored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the head of Democrats' messaging operation - banning semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines. With 198 co-sponsors, the bill is just 20 votes shy of the number needed to push the bill through the lower chamber.

Five Democrats added their names to Cicilline's Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 in the immediate aftermath of the back-to-back massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that left a combined 22 dead and dozens more injured. Two more got on board on Tuesday: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the brother of Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro, and Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), who unseated GOP Rep. David Young last fall.

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A ban on military-style weapons won't become law anytime soon even if the Democratic-held House passes legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a staunch Second Amendment advocate, has no intention of bringing the legislation to the floor and President Trump has said there's "no political appetite" for such a ban; both men are allies of the National Rifle Association, which is vehemently opposed to any ban or moratorium.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/assault-weapons-ban-picks-up-steam-in-congress/ar-AAFNiV8?li=BBnb7Kz

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 14 OP
Frustratedlady Aug 14 #1
ooky Aug 14 #3
J_William_Ryan Aug 14 #4
Frustratedlady Aug 14 #5
J_William_Ryan Aug 14 #2
Disaffected Aug 14 #6

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:52 PM

1. Truth be known, I would almost bet (almost) that there are many Republicans

who would vote in favor of the ban IF the NRA and Republican power brokers would take off the pressure. It is sad no Republican has the backbone to vote for their constituents' wishes, but that's what we are living with. Shame on them.

I can't believe Moscow Mitch has SO much power that he can dictate what is best for our country. He is using that power for what is best for Moscow Mitch and to hell for the rest of us.

How can we get rid of him if he is re-elected? By hook or by crook, he probably will win.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:05 PM

3. Flip the Senate in 2020.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:12 PM

4. We

can get rid of him by winning back control of the Senate.

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Response to J_William_Ryan (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:16 PM

5. Yes, I understand that, but I was referring to the fact that he MIGHT win.

He has a tough opponent, but with McConnell's "crookiness" anything could happen. I don't trust him.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:00 PM

2. Those

who support a ban are also staunch Second Amendment advocates.

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Response to J_William_Ryan (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:46 PM

6. I am generally a great admirer

of your Constitution but, the second amendment IMO was a huge mistake. I has caused great amounts of harm and rancor and, AFAIK, no other country has anything like it (which likely means something or other).

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