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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-05 09:10 AM
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29. The thing that hurt Senator Kerry the most...
weren't the votes on the liability protection bill, but his cosponsorship of S.1431 (draconian "revised and expanded" assault weapons ban) and his cosponsorship of Senator Kennedy's ammunition ban amendment (which as written would have granted the Attorney General the authority to ban any centerfire rifle ammunition he/she saw fit up through .30-06 or so).

The Kerry/Edwards web site also said that the favored outlawing the *possession* of guns the prohibitionists define as "assault weapons." Which was worrisome indeed to me.

I corresponded with Senator Edwards on the issue (I'm from NC, he was my senator) and he seemed to be under some major misconceptions about what the ban actually covered. I'm inclined to grant Senator Kerry the benefit of the doubt as well, since I don't think he would have said it banned "weapons of war like AK-47's and Uzi's" had he known that that was not the case, and so on.

The liability protection bill was more of interest to the gun industry than to individual gun owners, I think; the benefit to gun owners would be more indirect (and theoretical). But telling my wife and I that if we want to keep our guns, we need to "join the military" sounded rather ominous to me...
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