Despite a nationwide effort and widespread support from all sides of the political spectrum, assault weapons will be back on our streets as of Monday. Congressional Republicans, some of whom apparently like to go out and shoot things with them, are refusing to extend the ban, caving in to the NRA like the craven cowards they are.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 – Despite widespread popular support, the federal law banning the sale of 19 kinds of semiautomatic assault weapons is almost certain to expire on Monday, the result of intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association and the complicated election-year politics of Washington.
While President Bush has expressed support for legislation extending the ban and has said he would sign it into law, he has not pressured lawmakers to act, leading critics to accuse him of trying to have it both ways.
Efforts to renew the ban, which polls show is supported by at least two-thirds of Americans, have faltered this year on Capitol Hill. Democrats are well aware that they lost control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the year President Bill Clinton signed the original legislation, and have shied away from the issue of gun control, while Republican leaders have opposed the ban.
“I think the will of the American people is consistent with letting it expire, so it will expire,” Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, said on Wednesday.
The House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, dismissed the ban as “a feel-good piece of legislation” and said flatly that it would expire Monday, even if Mr. Bush made an effort to renew it.
“If the president asked me, it would still be no,” Mr. DeLay said.
The NRA will get its way once again and more people–maybe kids like the last time–will have to die before these chickenshit bastards will be forced to consider it again.
If you didn’t have enough reasons to vote against this radical Republican party efore, this ought to be the clincher.