Brady Campaign Issues Challenge to Bush on Assault Weapons Ban


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gun-fucious
May 16, 2003, 03:22 PM
Brady Campaign Issues Challenge to Bush on Assault Weapons Ban

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BRADY E-ACTION RESPONSE NETWORK ALERT
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Issue: 135 - 5/15/2003

Brady Campaign Issues Challenge to Bush on Assault Weapons Ban

The Republican-led House has thrown down the gauntlet on the reauthorization of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, saying it will not bring a reauthorization bill to the floor. And despite past promises of signing such a bill, Bush seems reluctant to put up a fight to get the bill introduced, and may even be working to ensure the bill never reaches his desk. As a dedicated supporter, we thought you'd like to know we aren't taking this lying down. Read below our hard-hitting press release issued today calling for Bush to stand up to Congress and live up to his promise to reauthorize the Assault Weapons Ban.

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2003
Contact: Peter Hamm
202-898-0792

PRESIDENT BUSH, WE READ YOUR LIPS. KEEP YOUR PROMISE.

CALL HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY: 202-225-5951. TELL YOUR PARTY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND POLICE INSTEAD OF ARMING KILLERS

Washington, D.C.--During his 2000 Presidential campaign, now-President George W. Bush repeatedly promised to renew the Federal assault weapons law. But it now appears the President plans to break his promise, and work with House leaders to let the law die.

That means barring a change that can only come from the President or a major public outcry, the American people will see legal sales of banned assault weapons starting in September 2004.

In today's Washington Post, a House GOP leadership aid said the White House doesn't want a vote on the assault weapons ban. Last week, key Bush advisor Karl Rove was quoted in New Hampshire saying the bill would never reach the President's desk. The current law is supported by every major police organization in the country.

The announcement that there would not be a House vote represents "a shameful abrogation of the responsibilities members of Congress were elected to undertake - which is to do the people's work," said Michael Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March. "The President ought to pick up the phone and tell the House leadership he disagrees - instead of having his staff encourage those who oppose the ban. Indeed, he ought to be telling them to strengthen the existing law."

"This is a travesty," said Mary Leigh Blek, Director of the Million Mom March. "If the ban expires, police will once again be outgunned, our children will be at further risk. Many of us voted for President Bush because he was willing to break with his party on this issue. It's troubling to think he didn't mean what he said."

The facts:

- Assault weapon bans work. In 1989, when President Bush stopped the import of certain assault rifles, the number of imported assault rifles traced to crime dropped by 45 percent in one year. After the 1994 ban, there were 18 percent fewer assault weapons traced to crime in the first eight months of 1995 than were traced in the same period in 1994.

- Assault weapons are not just "ugly guns." Semi-automatic assault weapons are designed to maximize death and injury from a very rapid rate of fire. Assault weapons are designed to accommodate silencers and with military features such as grenade launchers, folding stocks, flash suppressors, barrel shrouds and bayonets which are all ludicrously unsuited for civilian use. In contrast, semi-automatic hunting rifles are designed to be fired from the shoulder and depend on the accurate shooting of one bullet at a time.

Assault weapons were used...

- To kill five children and wound 29 others in a Stockton, California schoolyard in 1989. The AK-47 held 75 - that's right, 75 - bullets.
- To kill eight people and wound six others at a San Francisco law firm in 1993. Two TEC-9's with 50-round magazines were used in the massacre.
- To kill two CIA employees and wound three others outside the CIA's Langley, Virginia headquarters in 1993.
- To kill four ATF special agents and wound 16 others at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, when the officers were attempting to serve warrants on the cult in 1993.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March supports renewal, enforcement and strengthening of the current law.

President Bush - if you want to keep your promise, the phone number to dial is 202-225-5951. That's the number for Rep. Tom Delay, the House Majority Leader.

Pick up the phone.

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Shooter 2.5
May 16, 2003, 03:43 PM
Many of us voted for President Bush because he was willing to break with his party on this issue. It's troubling to think he didn't mean what he said." :barf:

Tom C.
May 16, 2003, 03:58 PM
It will be interesting to see what the consequences are if it lapses. All those nasty flash surpressors and bayonette lugs coming back. Fifteen rd. mags back in fashion. Interesting.

UnknownSailor
May 16, 2003, 05:25 PM
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March supports renewal, enforcement and strengthening of the current law.

Yea, all 2 dozen of you. ;)

Hkmp5sd
May 16, 2003, 05:51 PM
Is there anyone on the face of the earth that believes Mary Leigh Blek, Director of the Million Mom March voted for George W. Bush in 2000, and much less because of Bush's support for renewing the AW ban???

gun-fucious
May 16, 2003, 06:04 PM
http://www.freecitizen.com/edits/197_nat.htm
DON'T MESS WITH TRUE BELIEVERS. In the time you spend trying to convert one hard core antigun person to our side, you could have gone out and motivated and organized 20 people who already think like you do. Go with the flow. It's easier on your nerves, and much more effective. Personally, I have converted several anti-rights true believers, but never again! Lots of NRA members are not registered voters. A lot of gun owners aren't NRA members. Even more folks have no idea of their elected officials' positions on gun issues. Where is your time most effectively spent? Think about this before you spend an hour writing a clever response to a silly message you found somewhere on the internet.



Charles and Mary Leigh Blek founded a grass-roots organization, Orange County Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence, to inform the public, the media and policymakers that gun injuries and deaths are preventable. Their son, Matthew, was shot and killed with a Saturday night special handgun.

Matthew Charles Blek
21 Years Old
August 29, 1972 to June 29, 1994


Matthew Blek, of Mission Viejo, California, was a talented athlete, musician and scholar who enjoyed hiking and the outdoors, playing the guitar and violin, and was majoring in honors physics and math.

Most of all, Matthew was a warm and caring person who had a bright and promising future - a future cut short by senseless gun violence.

In June of 1994, Matthew Blek was working at a summer job in New York City, with plans to return to California in the fall for his senior year of college. One evening as he and a girlfriend were walking home from a date, they were confronted by three armed teenagers. Although he offered no resistance, Matthew was shot and killed. The youths were murdered Matthew were armed with Saturday Night Specials - cheap and easily obtained handguns, many of which are made in the very place Matthew called home: Orange County, California.

Joseph Lee was convicted of murder and sentenced to nine years to life. The two other teens pleaded guilty to manslaughter (Man-one) and were sentenced to 3 and 1/2 to 10 years in prison.

LawDog
May 16, 2003, 06:10 PM
And despite past promises of signing such a bill, Bush seems reluctant to put up a fight to get the bill introduced, and may even be working to ensure the bill never reaches his desk.

And what is that sound, you ask? The world's smallest violin, playing "My Heart Bleeds".

Y'all had it your way for 8 years, Pete. Our turn now.

LawDog

Waitone
May 16, 2003, 08:28 PM
The current law is supported by every major police organization in the country. Sources, please.
Assault weapon bans work. In 1989, when President Bush stopped the import of certain assault rifles, the number of imported assault rifles traced to crime dropped by 45 percent in one year. After the 1994 ban, there were 18 percent fewer assault weapons traced to crime in the first eight months of 1995 than were traced in the same period in 1994. Again. Sources, please.
Assault weapons are not just "ugly guns." Semi-automatic assault weapons are designed to maximize death and injury from a very rapid rate of fire. Note how the boogie man is no longer "assault weapons. The newest boogie man is "semi-automatic assault weapons."

Boats
May 16, 2003, 08:31 PM
The youths [who] murdered Matthew were armed with Saturday Night Specials - cheap and easily obtained handguns, many of which are made in the very place Matthew called home: Orange County, California.

How could this have possibly happened in NYC, where all handguns not permitted are illegal and banned?:scrutiny:

HBK
May 16, 2003, 08:38 PM
When are the majority of Americans going to see the Brady bunch for the extremist losers they are?:banghead:

Hkmp5sd
May 16, 2003, 08:38 PM
Sources, please.

Let's see. Brady/HCI got the information from VPC. VPC acquired the information from the ACLU. ACLU got it from the DNC, who got it from the NY Times, which got if from Hillary, who got it from Michael Moore, who got it from HCI.

Standing Wolf
May 16, 2003, 09:53 PM
Joseph Lee was convicted of murder and sentenced to nine years to life. The two other teens pleaded guilty to manslaughter (Man-one) and were sentenced to 3 and 1/2 to 10 years in prison.

That's the problem, not firearms. The killers are probably already back on the strees, already rearmed, already commiting more violent crimes because leftist extremists are far more interested in disarming law-abiding American citizens than preventing crime.

Pendragon
May 16, 2003, 10:15 PM
- To kill eight people and wound six others at a San Francisco law firm in 1993. Two TEC-9's with 50-round magazines were used in the massacre.

Really? 50 round magazines? I thought I had heard that the tec-9s jammed and the guy did most of the deed with a 1911 or shotgun. 50 round mags? I think they are confused with a Calico...




- To kill four ATF special agents and wound 16 others at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, when the officers were attempting to serve warrants on the cult in 1993.

Yeah, those poor Agents who only wanted to serve a warrant on the evil cult members. This is possibly one of the more justified uses of these guns in recent history.

general
May 17, 2003, 02:19 PM
Is there anyone on the face of the earth that believes Mary Leigh Blek, Director of the Million Mom March voted for George W. Bush in 2000, and much less because of Bush's support for renewing the AW ban???
These people wouldn't vote FOR him if he personally ran the metal shredder that ground up every last gun on the face of the earth.
Guess I'll add that to my letters...
"The people calling for the extention of the AW Ban won't vote for you even if you DO extend it."

Don Gwinn
May 17, 2003, 06:47 PM
I feel I can say this here, because I said it to Mary Leigh Blek's face: nothing she will admit to being in favor of would have saved her son. I do understand why she does what she does, because I have sons now, but that doesn't mean that what she's doing is rational. It's not, and she's not.

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