Saturday May 18, 2013
Senate Bill to Limit Magazines Expected to FailTim King Salem-News.com
Showdown at the DC Corral, as NRA uses threatening terms in stating their opposition.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - A Presidential bid to renew a ban against military-style assault weapons was narrowly backed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill now moves to the full Senate, where it is expected to fail due to strong opposition from the GOP and several democrats. The measure would also limit high-capacity ammunition clips to 10 bullets.
The United States has an overwhelming rate of murders carried out with firearms, when compared to a large number of nations. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has clearly stated that they want no limitations on military assault magazines of any type. At the same time, the NRA wants armed police and security officers in every school in America.
The NRA continues to warn Americans that the government wants to take their shotguns and weapons of all types. They equate legislation in certain states to some type of some sort of gun grab planned by Obama. Lest we forget they have been crying about Obama taking their guns since he first entered office, the NRA's Wayne Lapierre relies on fear tactics and they say their membership is growing steadily.
Lapierre says the NRA is dead set against background checks. But mostly, right now, they are rallying against what seems a simple bill, to limit magazines for assault weapons to ten rounds.
Speaking in regard to the bill, President Barack Obama said today:
The National Rifle Association's Lapierre, cites Obama for talking about school safety after Sandy Hook, and then failing to address the subject during his national address.
However his words toward Obama and U.S. legislation are threatening. It is one thing to say you will stand and fight and a political activist, and an entirely different matter when you represent the NRA which, represents, particularly in the southern states, a high contingent of racists among supporters and members.
It seems Lapierre is a zealot and unwilling to even talk about the most minimal compromise, his tactics leave many questions.
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