- May 19, 2004
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- Libertarian - Right
Source: Yahoo News
The Republicans who lead Congress plan to let the federal law that bans the manufacture and sale of 19 semiautomatic assault weapons die quietly Monday, without renewing the statute that is a symbol of the gun-control movement's success during the Clinton era.
The law most certainly will die, but it won't go quietly. A frenzied version of the emotional debate that occurred before the ban became law in 1994 is playing out here.
Supporters of the ban - including police chiefs from across the nation and relatives of gun-crime victims - are here to twist lawmakers' arms, if congressional leaders won't. Gun-control groups have taken out full-page newspaper ads that offer dire predictions of increases in violent crime once weapons that can fire several bullets a second are available for sale again. Today, a new ad will feature Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) with an assault rifle, under the headline "Terrorists of 9-11 can hardly wait for 9-13."