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Congress failed to extend ban on assault weapons

Published: January 4, 2013

This nation once had a law that banned assault weapons and high-capacity ammo clips. This provision was part of the Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act passed in 1994 during President Clinton's administration. The assault weapons provision had a so-called sunset clause written into the law that would let it expire at the end of 10 years if not extended at that time by Congress. In 2004 there was no action taken by our government to keep the assault weapons ban in place, so it was allowed to quietly fade out of sight and out of mind.

Now, in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the debate over gun control wages on once again. The politicians and the news media are quick to lay the blame on gun owners and argue that assault weapons should be banned. The only thing they fail to mention in their comments is that the federal government failed in its responsibility to extend the law when it had the chance.

Alvin Ward, Meeker

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