NRA editorial in NY Daily New


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gunsmith
August 8, 2004, 03:02 PM
Chris Cox writes a good one,I am surprised the Daily News printed it.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/219888p-189092c.html
Kill the assault rifle ban? YES



By CHRIS W. COX

The 1994 semiautomatic or so-called assault weapons ban expires Sept. 13. The media drumbeat to reauthorize it has begun, and some politicians are dancing to the familiar tune.
Instead of merely reauthorizing the ban, however, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.) seeks to ban more guns and implement a national registration scheme. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the assault weapons ban sponsor, said on CBS' "60 Minutes," "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate for an outright ban, picking up every one of them - Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in - I would have done it." The gun control agenda has never been stated more honestly.

This new legislation is one step toward that agenda.

The assault weapon debate is ruled by emotion, not fact. That's why in the elections following enactment of the ban, gun owners went to the polls in great numbers and, for the first time in 134 years, unseated the speaker of the House. That's why President Bill Clinton told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "The fight for the assault weapons ban cost 20 members their seats in Congress." That's why in March 1996, 239 members of the House voted across party lines to repeal the Clinton gun ban.

The debate is not about so-called assault weapons. It's about banning guns. Anti-gun advocates claim, without credible evidence, these guns are the weapons of choice for criminals. It's a lie. A day after the gun ban was signed into law, a Washington Post editorial admitted, "Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a steppingstone to broader gun control."

The radical Violence Policy Center states: "The public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns vs. semiautomatic assault weapons - anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun - can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons." Fully automatic machine guns were, of course, effectively banned in 1934.

As the drumbeats roll and attempts to dismantle the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans continue, the National Rifle Association will continue to fulfill its 133-year-old tradition of preserving freedom for law-abiding Americans.

Cox is executive director of National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action.

Originally published on August 8, 2004

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AZRickD
August 8, 2004, 03:32 PM
I'll bet Chris was under a space constraint for his piece.

Since this was printed in NY, it would have been nice to reference Chuck Schumer's 10-year repeal deal (complete with quote), to see if it would reduce crime. It didn't, of course.

Does anyone have the choice Schumer 'AW' ban quote?

I did a search and couldn't find it.

Rick

Norton
August 8, 2004, 05:08 PM
It's good to see the folks at the NRA take pro-active roles in getting things out to the public, rather than writing reactive letters......good job Chris, keep it up!

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