Bush keeps low profile on gun ban


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rick_reno
May 14, 2003, 05:43 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/05/14/bush.gunban/index.html

Bush keeps low profile on gun ban
From John King
CNN Washington Bureau
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Posted: 12:32 PM EDT (1632 GMT)


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House on Wednesday restated President Bush's support for renewing a ban on Uzis and other semiautomatic weapons, but the president is keeping a low profile on the issue.

The White House gave no indication that Bush is prepared to wage a public campaign for the legislation if House Republican leaders refuse to bring it up for a vote before the ban expires next year.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said the day before that there are not enough votes to extend the ban, and he predicted it would expire.(Full story)

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said the president's position "is clear."

But Bush's position has been relayed only through remarks by his press secretary and other spokesmen, and through communications between White House aides and congressional committees and interest groups.

The president has not mentioned it in public and has not issued written statements in his name.

That level of support stands in marked contrast to his campaign promoting his tax-cut plan and his frequent statements supporting judicial nominees whose nominations are stalled in the Senate.

Asked if Bush would mount such a public campaign to extend the gun ban, Fleischer would say only that the White House would announce plans if such events or statements were scheduled.

Other White House officials said they have not heard of any plans for Bush to provoke a fight with the GOP leadership and the National Rifle Association by publicly campaigning for the ban to be extended.

DeLay's office has said there are no plans to bring to a vote legislation that would extend the ban, which expires in September 2004.

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Standing Wolf
May 14, 2003, 07:29 PM
If he wants my vote in 2004, he'll remember the nation's firearms owners elected him in 2000.

t-money
May 14, 2003, 07:36 PM
I'll second that, Standing Wolf. If he votes approves the ban, I'd vote for anyone else on the docket.

Art Eatman
May 14, 2003, 09:01 PM
My billfold went mysteriously empty, insofar as political contributions. Well, 'cept for the usual pro-gun suspects.

:D, Art

SodaPop
May 14, 2003, 10:02 PM
Bush is playing politics. The ball is in the Conservative court, but the Bush Administration has to be careful it doesn't look like its getting everything it wants. Ever wonder why Newt is popping out of the woodwork? There are Conservative Republicans that are going after Bush just so everyone covers them in the news and not what the Democraps are saying.

I think Ashcroft is going to be the fall guy. But we'll get what we want.

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