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Sep 13, 2004 10:31 pm

Jonathan Dresner: The Ban on Assault Weapons Expires


Re: "Effort to Renew Weapons Ban Falters on Hill," 9/8

How seriously can we take the Bush administration and Republican Party on national security issues when they ignore the will of a majority of the population and the nation's leading law enforcement organizations on a matter of domestic security? Allowing the assault weapons ban, limited though it is, to expire will make it dramatically easier for terrorists, domestic or foreign, to acquire firepower to rival that of our police and armed forces.

If the Republicans were serious about national security, they would be looking for ways to strengthen our gun control laws and procedures. Instead, they are privileging a powerful lobbying group over the common sense of the American people.

Jonathan Dresner, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of East Asian History
University of Hawai'i at Hilo

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