America is reeling from a week which saw an unprecedented amount of gun violence. Now Sen. Diane Feinstein has announced plans to introduce legislation for an assault weapon ban on the first day of the new Congress in 2013.
Over the last week the country has seen 26 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT; 3 killed at a Portland, Ore. suburban mall earlier in the week. In Saturday alone there were three incidents of shootings in Alabama, including police killing a man wielding an AK-47 assault rifle, following the murder of three, a carjacking and police pursuit; and police killed a man who shot others in a Birmingham hospital.
Also in an incident which did not receive a lot of national attention, a man was arrested at a Newport Beach, California mall when he shot 50 rounds in the parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 15. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Earlier in the year Feinstein called for a similar action after the shooting in the movie theater in Aurora, California where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured.
On Sunday Feinstein during an appearance on Meet the Press indicated, “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively,” and ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets, Feinstein said. “The purpose of this bill is to get… weapons of war off the streets.”
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