Democrat Presidential Candidates Call For Gun Ban, Other Restrictions

| December 23, 2015

Democrat Presidential Candidates Call For Gun Ban, Other Restrictions

During Saturday’s debate between the Democratic Party’s three candidates for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley all endorsed a ban on “assault weapons.” Such a ban, as most recently introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would prohibit the manufacture and sale of all semi-automatic shotguns, all detachable-magazine, semi-automatic rifles, various other categories of semi-automatic firearms, and all ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, regardless of the firearm for which they are designed. Contrary to what gun control supporters frequently claim, it would not merely “reinstate” the much weaker, earlier ban, which expired in 2004.
The Democrats’ comments came in response to a question from one of the debate’s moderators, veteran reporter Martha Raddatz. Raddatz asked, “Secretary Clinton, in the wake of the San Bernardino attack, you all emphasized gun control. But our latest poll shows that more Americans believe arming people, not stricter gun laws, is the best defense against terrorism. Are they wrong?”
Clinton responded, in effect, that she does think most Americans are wrong. “Arming more people . . . is not the appropriate response to terrorism,” she said. When the same question was put to Sanders, he said, “we have got to see that weapons designed by the military to kill people are not in the hands of civilians” and “I don’t think it’s a great idea that we sell automatic weapons in this country that are used by the military to kill people very rapidly.”

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