Assault Weapons Ban: Is Gun-Control Law Ignorant And Useless? [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on February 18, 2013 12:28 PM EST

Senator Dianne Feinstein (Photo: Reuters)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (Photo: Reuters)

An assault weapon ban debate has gun advocates "up in arms."

It has been seven months since the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., and nearly two months since the tragic event that occurred in Newtown, Conn., and yet the debate of gun control continues.

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Democrats and Republicans are trying to come to a mutual agreement when it comes to Americans' right to bear arms but the assault weapon debate is resulting in the head butting of the parties instead of a conclusive agreement.

Gun advocates are questioning a bill proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would "exempt more than 2,200 different firearms while only banning 157 guns designed for military and law enforcement."

"I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation," Feinstein said. "It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns ... while protecting the rights of gun owners." 

International Digital Times reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had plans to push an updated version of the assault-weapons ban that she spearheaded in 1994. The ban expired ten years later and has not been updated since.

Feinstein's ban would crack down on assault weapons but leave firearms, such as the semi-automatic rifle that is almost identical to the one used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history, untouched.

"What a joke," said former FBI agent John Hanlon, who survived the dangerous shootout.

RELATED: NRA Page Goes Dark: When Will The National Rifle Association Comment On The Newtown Shooting?

Gun experts debate the proposal saying that the list compiled for the assault weapon ban doesn't make sense.

"The bill demonstrates a shocking ignorance of the product they are purporting to regulate," Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association based in Newtown, Conn., that represents gun manufacturers continued. "I have no idea how they arrived at this list. It would seem to be random, bordering on throwing darts at a dart board."

The assault weapon proposal would also ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds but protect firearms that take large capacity magazines, comparable to ones used in mass shootings.

"There's no logic to it," said Greg Danas, president of a Massachusetts-based expert witness business and firearms ballistic laboratory. "What kind of effect is it going to have?"

Does the assault weapon ban proposed by Feinstein seem contradictory? Or is it a step in the right direction?

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent," President Obama was quoted during a press conference. "And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do." 

"As a country, we have been through this too many times," he continued later in the speech. "Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." 

Two members of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" agree with President Obama's sentiments saying that they believe that assault weapon ban will make Americans safer seeing that if the proposal is passed, purchasing of certain guns would be more difficult.

It was reported that Feinstein's proposal of banning assault weapons is the only piece of legislation currently being considered.

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