Senator Says Trump’s Comments Might Help Gun Reform

At the recent Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressed hope that President Trump’s comments during the gun violence meeting “can be a lesson for the Congress that Republicans need to finally allow Congress” the ability to pass reforms such as banning assault style weapons, better background checks, banning large volume magazines, removing bump stocks from circulation, and more.

Transcript as Follows: 

I’m Senator Feinstein, and I’m here to address gun safety, an issue that should be important to every one of us.

I became mayor of San Francisco as the product of assassination, and I’ve watched with horror as more and more mass shootings have rocked our nation. On December 14th 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut with an AR-15 and murdered 20 children, ages six and seven, beautiful children, and six young staffers. Five years later, a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with another AR-15 and murdered 14 children and three staff.

Between just these two shootings, Congress did precisely nothing to remove weapons of war from our streets, nothing to tighten background checks, nothing to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. In the wake of Sandy Hook, many of us hoped we’d see change. Instead, things have only gotten worse. In the five years since Newtown, the Gun Violence Archive reports there have been at least — listen to this, 239 shootings in schools or on school grounds. More than 400 people were shot in these shootings and nearly 150 of them killed. Yet, after every shooting, the NRA and congressional Republicans throw up their hands and say there’s nothing we can do.

Well, they’re wrong. There’s plenty we can do, and we know these proposals will work. The first step should be banning military-style assault weapons, weapons of war, like the AR-15. Research from the University of Massachusetts showed us that the 10-year federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 was effective. Let me quote from the story about the research, ‘Compared with the 10-year period before the ban, the number of gun massacres during the ban period fell by 37%, and the number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43%. But after the ban lapsed in 2004, the numbers shot up [again] — an astonishing 183%’ — an ‘increase in massacres and a 239% increase in massacre deaths.’ An assault weapons ban won’t stop all the shootings, I don’t kid myself, but if we can decrease the death count, we’re saving life, and that’s — that means it’s really worth doing. We also need to fix the gaping loopholes in the background check. Today, anyone can walk into a gun show, or log on to their computers and buy an assault rifle, no questions asked. That’s madness. We need to ban high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, like the 30-round magazines that fit into an AR-15. There’s no reason to fire so many rounds without reloading. We need to ban bump stocks, the devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire like machine guns, which were outlawed some time ago. We need to help states develop legal procedures so that loved ones and law enforcement can remove guns from dangerous individuals. And we need to raise the age to buy an assault rifle to 21 from — if you believe this, 18. You can buy that — one of those at 18. If you can’t buy a beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15.

It seems to me that this really is a no-brainer. On Wednesday, President Trump signaled support for many of these proposals. I hope that can be a lesson for the Congress that Republicans need to finally allow Congress to pass these commonsense measures. There’s so much we can do. We just need the willpower and intestinal fortitude to take on the NRA, and get something done for the safety of the men, women, and particularly, the children in our schools of this country. Thank you.

  • Aline

    How’s that for the first comment?

  • GR Arnold

    If any further gun control passes it will move us closer to anarchy and civil war. If an AWB passes then I fear civil war is inevitable. If civil war happens I hope this time we don’t fight soldier-to-soldier yet we simply first eliminate those, and ALL of those, that caused it to happen. I don’t want any of this but I fear it will happen regardless of any honest and good effort to stop it.

    • Tony

      Do we the people not know that the civil war almost tore our great country apart and why there is the Mason Dixie line as a way to remind us of that war.

    • keedon

      There will be no Civil War or anarchy. There are 100 million Citizens, 1/3 the population with 450 million firearms.15 million at ARs and their variants. The majority of police and military are on our side.

      • GR Arnold

        Don’t kid yourself. Ignorance and non-reality runs strong amongst paranoid communists and other liberals. Mostly only 3% on our side would do all that is necessary anyway.

        • keedon

          Nonsense! If our government started knocking on doors of any of those 100 million gun owners they would face a flood of rebellion. It hasn’t happened yet and it isn’t going to happen.

          • GR Arnold

            Don’t kid yourself. Many out there stupid enough to think it will succeed.

  • Dodie1990

    Please retire and go away. Taking firearms from innocent law abiding citizens will solve nothing except destroy the 2nd amendment, Criminals and crazies do not obey laws(Chicago).

    • Tony

      No it is pass time , for we the millions an millions of people to get together and have such types of people removed from power in all parts of the government ,as our rights to bare our weapons dose not say what types of weapons we the people may have to be used in protecting ourselves with or for,as a weapon can be a cannon to any other types of weapon that may be used in protecting us from all those types of people that been attacking those rights .

    • Tony

      Taking our weapons out of the hands of we the people in our country ,makes as much sense as putting our men an women in uniform in a battle field without their weapons.

    • GR Arnold
  • keedon

    Feinstein stop lying. We know that is the only way you can gullible, liberal Demwits to support your moronic fantasy.

  • mike stankey

    I’m not worried at all, what ever Trump has done for the American middle class, mostly Republicans, and will continue to do, any “Gun Reform” is to make the Democrats happy, make them feel they have done something, so he can get what he wants, what is right..

  • Rob Anthonisen

    She does not know what she is doing! Just some more of false news. Why does she not believe the truth?She should shut up….And stop the lying. Feinstein is against America! Republicans tell the truth!!!! Just another loser, who fells sorry for herself!!!

    • Tony

      Feinstein is not and American ,She is one of those Anti Americans that only likes our money and how she can use it ,in ways of trying to tell we the people to go to hell, as she feels that she can do what ever those lying .scheming crooked liberal scum bags ,like herself are running the show,But that is where those types of people are dead wrong,Why is because it is we the millions and millions of we the people that pay them their wages ,and it is we the people that have the rights to tell them what we the people may want to be protected ,like our rights to bare our weapons ,and those types of people are skating on thin ice as that is not a threat , as it could turn in to action of removing such types of people,as we do not play by the books either, as we need no lawyers or judges ,when we take it upon ourselves to put those types of Anti Americans in their places when they take matters into their own hands of taking our rights from we the people,and it past time to get the message through their evil block heads.

    • GR Arnold
  • Ovomit1

    …when the war starts- it’ll be all those that armed to the teeth – against all those that are not..bring it communist maggots

  • Alan404

    From Dianne a few years back, which people might well remember, “If I had had 51 votes, it would have been Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all it”. Her mind runs along the same tracks today. One more passing observation. The OFTEN STATED GOAL of the anti gunners was and remains the complete doing away with privately owned arms. Never forget that, and by the way, no matter how much lipstick you might adorn a pig with, the creature remains a pig.