ABA pushes Bush on the AWB


July 17, 2004, 10:24 AM
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ABA to President Bush: Press Congress to Reauthorize the Assault Weapons Ban
Friday July 16, 5:21 pm ET

Archer's comments came in a letter to President Bush in which he expressed appreciation for the president's previous support for the ban, but called on him to do more to prevent it from expiring later this year.

The landmark federal Assault Weapons Act was enacted in 1994 in response to an alarming trend of military style weapons being used by gangs, drug dealers and spree killers around the country. It prohibits 19 models of military-style firearms and copies of them that pose an especially high risk to law enforcement and to our nation's youth.

Archer said these weapons have no place on our streets. "Since enactment of the ban," he said, "there has been a dramatic reduction in crimes committed with these prohibited firearms."

The Act is scheduled to expire unless Congress reauthorizes it before September 13. The Senate went on record in March in a bipartisan vote in support of legislation to renew the Act, but the House has yet to act.

"If the House of Representatives is not prompted to schedule a vote in the next several weeks, the current ban will expire and our communities will once again see an increase in unnecessary violence," said Archer. "We must ensure that the ban remains in effect for the sake of all law-abiding citizens."

In calling on President Bush to press Congress to reauthorize the Act, Archer pointed to statements from House leaders who argue that they have not acted because the White House has not asked them to. "It is clear that unless you exert the leadership to break this logjam the Act will expire," he said.

"Leaders in both political parties have made clear their agreement, in supporting a renewal of the ban, that these firearms are not suitable for hunting, collecting, or self-defense, but rather are meant for military combat and are attractive to criminals, youth gangs and terrorists."

"We urge you to call on Congress to act without further delay to reauthorize the assault weapons ban."

For a copy of the letter, visit the ABA Web site at http://www.abanet.org/poladv/letters/108th/home.html .

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

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Bartholomew Roberts
July 17, 2004, 10:36 AM
How is it possible that a weapon firing a single non-explosive projectile has been designed for military combat but is also not suitable for self-defense?

July 17, 2004, 10:39 AM
Self Defense to them = blowing a rape whistle

I can think of plenty of 'assault weapons' that have collectible value. Pretty much any PSG-1 or SIG550 commands a kingly sum. Steyr AUGs are just a tad cheaper than the SIGs. You could certainly go hunting with a PSG-1 or SVD if you wanted.

Any weapon with a #1 serial number regardless of model would have collectible value to someone somewhere.

July 17, 2004, 02:56 PM
So far, the majority of pleading I have heard are from groups that Bush must know are from those people or regions of the country that would not vote for him anyway.

You know guys.....this website is a great tool in maintaining an edge in the latest legislative alerts, and in disseminating strategies to win this battle.

....but posting or quoting the various anti's statements and then offering your rebutal, is simply preaching to the choir. You make good points, but you don't need to convince me or the other subscribers here. I only wish your logic and reasoning you display in your rebuttals could be heard by those making the attacks, as well as those voting citizens that we don't reach. But, if that's entertaining to you then no harm done. :)

July 17, 2004, 03:57 PM
It is clear that unless you exert the leadership to break this logjam the Act will expire

So in other words, if you can't get support for your bill, go get someone higher up to tell people that they WILL support it.

Standing Wolf
July 17, 2004, 05:47 PM
We need to control assault lawyers, not firearms.

July 17, 2004, 06:38 PM
Sounds like the ABA wrote a letter to Bush that Bush will not respond to. Should give Breck-Boy Edwards something to stump about.

July 17, 2004, 09:35 PM
The ABA will do ANYTHING to make lawyers "look" good to the media. That's why I quit years ago.

July 17, 2004, 10:23 PM
we need to look them straight in the eye and say "Our forefathers knew that sometimes you have to fight an oppressive government & wanted us to keep our weapons as defense AND a reminder to our government".
We have let them move off of the real reason for the 2A into being defensive about hunting!:fire:

Bartholomew Roberts
July 17, 2004, 10:53 PM
If I didn't really, really, really want to see the ban sunset I would say Bush should give them their wish on a vote. They don't have the votes to pass it in the House. If they did, they could start a discharge petition and force it out of committee.

Instead they would rather whine and use it as a political issue in an election year. They already wrote off all the semi-auto guys as unwinnable, so they are trying to beat the drums with the duck hunters and hope that they don't get the union vote split again.

Be funny to see all those Dems have to make a record vote before reelection though...

July 17, 2004, 10:57 PM
I did not renew my ABA membership last year after I realized that this organization maintained an official anti-gun policy. I intend to send a letter to the president of the ABA advising of why I quit, and protesting his letter to our President. Apparently the ABA has become the legal arm of the Democratic party. Speaking for this lawyer anyway, I fully intend to celebrate the demise of the AWB at 12:01 A.M. on September 14, 2004.

El Tejon
July 17, 2004, 11:06 PM
And they dare claim to defend the Constitution! Disgusting!

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