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Obama backs bill to ban assault weapons

2012-12-18 22:05

Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his weight behind a bill to reintroduce a ban on civilians owning assault weapons, in the wake of a gun massacre in an elementary school that shocked the nation.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the president would support a law proposed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein to prohibit the arms, defined as certain types of semi-automatic firearm with removable magazines.

 

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  • kayceechick - 2012-12-18 22:47

    Guns don't kill people. People people

      ab.normal.961 - 2012-12-18 23:42

      Yea, but people own those guns. It is a lot easier pulling a trigger than killing with a knife. A lot less kids would have died if that their killer only had a knife. So yes, guns do kill a lot more people.

      Bob - 2012-12-19 01:55

      variant, you realize that gun controls only prevent law-abiding citizens from owning the specified firearms? Criminals will find a way to get those firearms one way or another, so essentially you only protect criminals by introducing gun laws. Also: you don't need firearms to kill multiple people. There's a range of easily obtained chemicals and materials that can make explosives which can kill multiple people (ie: molotov cocktails, nailbombs, dynamite etc.). Fact is, people kill other people and that's just human nature.

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-12-19 12:02

      Thats just stupid. Guns dont kill people?!?!? Really?!?!? So using that statement should I also believe that saying toasters dont toast, toast. Toast, toasts, toast. Makes sense right???

  • kayceechick - 2012-12-18 22:48

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people

      michael.i.wright - 2012-12-18 23:13

      Hoodrats kill more people than guns do. Shutdown EBT and the murder rate in the USA will ultimately drop by 80%.

      achmad.osman - 2012-12-19 09:05

      Yes kayceechick - the usual drivel from neanderthals that try to rationalise murder. Guns kill people and assault guns kill a lot of people quickly. Get real. There is no conceivable reason why anyone at home should carry an assault gun. No trite saying can justify that.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-19 12:42

      With about 300 million citizens in the USA the few incidents where a crazy person lets rip with a gun is very low. There have been a few incidents and high profile for tose in schools or random shootings. I wonder if the loss of life compares to that comitted by Law Enforcement officers 'accidentally'on the USA citizens ? http://www.theonion.com/articles/nypd-apologizes-for-accidental-shootingclubbingsta,739/ Even stranger - check how many kill each other? http://www.optacinternational.com/officersafety/pdfs/WhyAreWeKillingOurselves.pdf Every incident you will read here was an ERROR by a person. Of course the Patriot Act wants to disarm the civilian population of the USA. Remember, the Japanese in WWII did not invade the USA as it had the largest armed civilian population [ probbably still does] on the planet. Training and stricter competency regulations before issuing gun licences is required by the USA , not mail order weapon delivery. You can never rule out the crazies or the criminals though.

  • allan.rosenberg.752 - 2012-12-18 23:11

    Lets show Obama the perfect method of taking guns off the streets. Make a law that all licensed gun holders have to hand in their weapons in working condition by a certain date then the authorities can redistribute them back into the society unlicensed. Wonder if Obama is cleaver enough to work that out

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-12-18 23:14

    OK let's ban penises, some men are rapists.

      Bob - 2012-12-19 01:56

      And ban cars... they kill people!

      craig.b.johnston.7 - 2012-12-19 06:31

      haven`t read one story of a guy walking in to a mall and raping 20 woman on the spot.i also haven`t heard of anyone driving over 27 people on purpose in a school yard...

      michael.i.wright - 2012-12-19 12:07

      Why run them over when dynamite will do a better job? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-12-18 23:20

    The United States Of America ....the leading democracy that gets involved in wars around the globe now sits with psychologically disturbed people , whether direct victims of battle or fanatics of war and armaments . I do not see the reason for the public to own these weapons , however legalising the posession of certain classes of firearms would be a step towards controlling the ownership of military based firearms . It is through publicity like this that the rights of legal , sane , common sense thinking firearm owners are being attacked .Sales should be done to collectors or sportsmen who belong to an association .I do not support the tightening of all gun laws .

      sterling.ferguson.397 - 2012-12-19 00:14

      Most of these mass murders in the US have all read Stephen King's books.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-19 01:59

      @sterling: so we should ban Stephen King? Tell you what: Lets do it right: ban everything accept the tele-tubbies. On second thought: these fascist tubbies get really pissed off with the custard machine sometimes, so maybe we should ban them too.

  • nel.westhuizen - 2012-12-18 23:28

    Guns or no guns. There will always be crazies.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-18 23:47

      . This might be so, but the issue is; crazies with guns or crazies without guns !!!!!

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-19 01:43

      So, do we sell nuclear bombs to the crazies? No, we don't. We have laws, to stop crazies from harming others, or to at least make it more difficult for the crazies to harm others. If it would get too difficult to get what crazy Lary wants to achieve (in his wicked mind);, he might settle for bashing his TV set with a beer bottle. Not good for newspaper sales, but better for him and all around him.

  • Sidney Olifant - 2012-12-19 05:22

    Its easy to talk SH#*T at least OBAMA is doing something what about youre D!CK swinging president

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-19 05:52

    Another step 2world domination? IRR

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-19 06:16

    Goodcall Mr Obama,let assault weapons be used in barracks only.what will a normal civillian do with 20round magazine rifle. Let the them civillians owe atmost the handgun.Surely handguns are enough to protect because of their range and magazine holding capacity.

      nico.leroux1 - 2012-12-19 07:08

      Yes! With handguns we have only 187000 murders in South Africa over the last 10 years! Every day 50 people!

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-19 07:51

      Take the Newtown incident for instance,had that kid been carrying three handguns,he wouldn't have killed more than 26 people simple because of number of rounds loaded in all three firearms..the assault rifle is designed to assault through an enemy position hence the need for more rounds without neccessarily aiming!

  • paul.pregnolato - 2012-12-19 06:32

    I bet US gunowners cannot wait to be lectured about their gun rights by the very same administration responsible for giving thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartel members (Operation Fast and Furious) :-)

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-12-19 07:06

    Be Bold!!! Ban all weapons!!

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-12-19 08:03

    maybe you must have a look at your gun laws. just to have a driverslicence doesnt mean you can handle a gun!! and leave the people with legal fire arm licences alone. start looking at the illegal guns on the streets! as in south africa it is illegal guns thats causing the problems. moistly fire arms supplied by SAPolice members and reservists, SANDF members! Fire arms that belong to them they either rent out, or lost, or was stolen or used by themself to commit crimes!!! Fire arms that get into the country via unmanned borders. Because the police and defense force are to involved in politics to get involved in their own work namely safeguarding borders and prevent crime!!!

  • darryl.williams.1291 - 2012-12-19 08:14

    @ Bob, easy to talk when its not your child or grandchild that was brutally murder by some idiot who had virtually unlimited access to weaponary and body armour that really has no place in a urban environment. Laws exist to protect everyone - it is the application of the law that is the problem, not the law itself. Guns don't kill people - what a convenient statement to justify owing an arsenal. Ban the weapons and enforce the law.

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