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Gun control: Ed Perlmutter will introduce assault weapons ban on day one of Congress

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Ed Perlmutter.
In the days following the movie theater massacre in July, Representative Ed Perlmutter, whose district then included Aurora, was one of the few local politicians who called for a gun policy change: the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. He's been working on that legislation for months, but given the Connecticut tragedy on Friday, in which the shooter used an assault rifle, Perlmutter now plans to introduce his bill at the very start of the new Congress in January.

James Holmes, charged with the Aurora shootings, was accused of having four guns, including an assault rifle, and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition. But few Colorado elected officials spoke out about specific gun policies.

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Representative Ed Perlmutter speaking at an Obama rally this fall.
At the time, Perlmutter told us that it was a personal challenge for him to talk about legislation in the wake of such a devastating attack so close to home, but that, ultimately, he felt he couldn't ignore the need for this kind of change.

The alleged shooter in last week's unimaginable elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of twenty children and six adults, used a semiautomatic Buschmaster .223 rifle.

Perlmutter's office announced yesterday that he plans to introduce a "new, improved Assault Weapons Ban" with Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York when Congress returns in January. His staff says he is working with members of the House and Senator Diane Feinstein to prepare the bill, which would outlaw the future sale of assault weapons, but, they say, protect the Second Amendment and provide exemptions for firearms used for sport, hunting and personal defense.

Perlmutter's bill will be the companion measure to a bill that will be introduced in the Senate by Feinstein, of California, who recently announced that she would bring this bill forward on the very first day possible.

"We had been working on it all fall," says Leslie Oliver, spokeswoman and policy director for Perlmutter. "We knew [we would introduce it]...early, it was just a matter of, are we ready to go? And I think Friday really sort of solidified that it's time."

She adds, "It should be dropped on January 3."

Just like the Aurora shooting, this latest shooting has been difficult for Perlmutter personally, Oliver says.

"Like most people in the country, it's raw still and it's very emotional," she says. "It does bring back everything that happened in Aurora, everything that happened with Gabby Giffords, everything that happened in Columbine. This is an issue that keeps coming up and he just feels very strongly that we have to act on this and it's Congress' responsibility to act. He's ready to take it on."

Continue for more on other gun control measures under discussion in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.



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Richard Russell
Richard Russell

We are in general not mature enough to have all these guns around.

concernedcitizen
concernedcitizen

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neitherinclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for theassaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than toprevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidencethan an armed man."Thomas Jefferson.

concernedcitizen
concernedcitizen

"If you believe the availability of guns is the problem, then you must be ENRAGED at Obama over Operation Fast & Furious." --Daily Caller contributor Matt K. Lewis

concernedcitizen
concernedcitizen

History Repeats Itself.....QUOTE, US Representative Ed Perlmutter (D) - Colorado's 7th District

"If you want to shoot off a hundred rounds in a minute, join the military"...

Sounds like this:

"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA —Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve theState."

 — Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi.

Now, I'm not calling our beloved representitive a Nazi, I'm just pointing out the creepy similarities. It's always the left that wants an unarmed citizenry.

Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson

Stephen, Im not an anti-gun folk, but thanks for stereotyping me. I never said to take guns away from the "good" men. Sure, create a bomb, hijack a plane, lots of ways to mass murder people, but by getting rid of unnecessary guns and ammunition will actually make it more difficult, NOT IMPOSSIBLE, but more difficult for these criminals to kill. In the case of Adam Lanza, without the easy access to these guns, he more than likely would not have killed 26 people and even if he was able to acquire some guns, it would have provide more chances for him to get caught along the way. Its about taking measures to reduce these incidents, not just looking the other way and sitting on our asses saying changing the gun laws won't help what so ever.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip -- ALL weapons are "assault" weapons.

Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

Joseph, you want the truth? You can't handle the truth. Do you really believe that your guns would protect you from the most powerful military in the world? Do you remove your hat during the National Anthem? Do you not honor the men and women who serve? Are they not your neighbors? Do you think they will take up arms against you? Do you need to defend yourself from your brother? Your words are treasonable. Your words have an affinity with Islamist terrorists. Why don't you move to the tribal regions of Pakistan and join those who think the way you do?

Joseph Crucia
Joseph Crucia

From the govt that brought you Vietnam, the theft of trillions of our tax dollars, the 9/11 cover up, the patriot act, the invasions and murders of millions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya under the pretense of a phony war on terror, a police state brought into the light of day by way of the occupy movement, NDAA, and Guantanimo Bay. (Just to name a few). I bring you even more reason to trust this criminal centralized government, which has by the way built a prison industrial complex the likes of which have never before been seen by mankind, that says we should look at their agenda for everything that it's not, and trust them to do the right thing... Yeah, I'm all in...

Philip S. Beck
Philip S. Beck

So David if people are the problem not the object and I have never committed a crime or would harm anyone and I would probably be considered a good person so I think I want a nuclear missile but guess what the government tells me I can't, think about that and have a nice night. Last thing I'm saying on the subject of guns for a while and last time I'm reading any comments about it even if it's a response to this comment so don't waste your time. I'm sure it will be saying that it's a ludicrous to compare guns and a missile but then that means you missed my point. And Mark even if it's not just for entertainment the 2nd amendment should cover you. The government refers to them as Nuclear arms and the amendment never mentions just guns. I want one to protect myself from disturbed assault weapon owners. and maybe a tank also but they won't let me have one of those either. I wonder why? :-)

Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

I want a thermonuclear weapon. Its just for entertainment. The 2nd amendment says I can have one. Watch out everyone because if they ban assault weapons the next thing they'll be coming for your nuke. Nukes aren't the problem. Its just an object. Besides, criminals will always be able to get nukes. You would only be punishing law-abiding nuke owners.

Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

Yes. Take their guns and watch them throw a temper tantrum like the babies that they are. Overturn the 2nd amendment. Clearly Americans are not intelligent or responsible enough to own guns.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Lastly, I absolutely guarantee that with a few hundred dollars and one night I could purchase a used weapon on the street without a single bit of documentation. Banning these weapons won't change that.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Dustin...I can fire more rounds as quickly and with greater accuracy with a quality hunting rifle than any so-called "assault rifle". I could level, absolutely level, numerous rooms with a mere 5-gal gas can 1/4 full with a gas-soaked rag for a fuse. Give a man a decent knife in a crowded mall and the number of victims he could kill before anyone paid any real notice would amaze you. Shit happens and we live in a shitty world. All your suggestions would accomplish is to remove another tool good men could use to defend themselves and their family. Lastly, automatic weapons require a special ATF permit. They're few and far between. Semi-automatic weapons require a pull of the trigger with each shot, as do the "assault weapons" you're referring to. Diesel fuel and ammonia nitrate, pipe bombs, and explosive combustibles all pose a far greater risk and can be bought within minutes. The enemy isn't the tool but I don't expect you or other anti-gun folks to grasp that.

Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson

And when you can't by these ridiculous magazines, it will be difficult to kill 26 people in a few minutes. Does a normal law obiding ccp person really need an automatic or semi automatic weapon....I don't think so...carry a simple handgun and that should suffice

Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson

Brett, obviously you don't see the issue...or care...of course outlawing guns isn't going to remove them from the black market, but it sure will make much more difficult for many of these mass murders doing these shootings from getting their hands on them...I have no doubt that if Mr. Lanza's mother didn't own guns, it would have saved the lives of these innocent children and teachers

boomer1949
boomer1949

If you need a semi automatic weapon you what you really need is better treatment for your paranoia.

If you need a thirty round magazine what you really need is more time at the range.

If you need a macho military assault weapon what you really need is a penile implant.

Sunny Romero
Sunny Romero

No. ABSOLUTELY NOT, so only the criminals can have them. Shoud be some some sceening on them. Besides once you ban one then they just make them at home.

Tyler Mockli
Tyler Mockli

I love how all these people act like we are the only country in the world that makes guns.. We outlawed drugs and how is that goin, if you do outlaw assault weapons there is one thing you can guarantee that crimanals are goin to be the ones running around with AK-47's Ect. smuggled in from other countries... But the dumb asses in society today are just puppets of libral trash...

JimTom
JimTom

Where's the Donkey? Let me cover it for you "MORE AMERICAN GUN MADNESS!!!" Did I get it right?

Bria Bosnia-klova
Bria Bosnia-klova

Just another way for the Gov to control us. But so many people are demanding it out of fear. I say we damand mandatory parenting classes. Give kids respectful people to look up to other than these video games and tv shows that teach violence.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

WESTWORD...when are you going to do an article of Obama's "double tap" drone program and post the faces of the dead children? Approx. 168. TALK ABOUT BOOTLICKING REPORTERs. I've never seen a reporter suck that much neo-liberal cock like a Westword journalist. It's amazing to watch. Like they operate with no conscience.

Mike Hymbaugh
Mike Hymbaugh

That's the thing, most people arguing against them, do not have any idea what they are talking about.

Matt Gunderson
Matt Gunderson

What the hell is an "assault weapon"? Seriously, what makes the AR so much deadlier than a semi automatic hunting rifle?

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

The only right that owning a gun protects is the right to own a gun. That's it. Anything else is delusional. Where was this vaulted militia when Bush started an illegal war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children? When there were no-bid contracts and war profiteering? When there were secret mobile prisons and illegal torture? Nary a shot was fired. The only time guns "protect" you from the government is when the government storms your crazy religious compound full of abused women and children...

Ken Wilcox Kon-flikt
Ken Wilcox Kon-flikt

Hell no! The right to bear arms is every Americans right! Just because people get stupid and commit crime, we should be stripped of our rights? Alcohol kills huge amounts of people each day, should we ban it too? Tired of hearing people blaming guns for the crimes these losers commit. Guns DON'T kill people, PEOPLE kill people!

Meg Martinez
Meg Martinez

No, an assault weapon ban was in place from 1994 to 2004 and it did nothing to stop gun violence or school violence.

Rick Hall
Rick Hall

We have the right to bear arms, not to hunt or target shoot, but to protect ourselves from the Govt. That's the whole reason for the 2nd Amendment. Anyone trying to ban the right of lawful citizens to arm themselves is violating the Constitution. It doesn't get any more cut and dry than that.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Typical reactionary neo-liberal doucche. As Obama slaughters innocent children with his drone program and ignoring the largest arms deals in history. Perlmutter is a typical sociopath, just like MAster Obomber.

Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson

you can't say if the guy had a knife or a bat that the chances of him killing 26 people would have happened

Russ Green
Russ Green

I say require anyone who wants to own a gun needs to get a license. In order to get the license you have to pass both a written and physical test. Once passed, have as many guns as you'd like. Seems like a fair reform that doesn't infringe on anyone's 2nd amend rights.

Matthew Denniston
Matthew Denniston

to be fair, cars do kill more people... the real question is, where is the outrage against baseball bats?

Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson

DAVID, actually the object is the problem...without assault weapons, mass killings like this in the past week wouldn't be possible...Guns make it EASIER for people to KILL, we don't need to be making that activity any EASIER. without these assault weapons, shootings like the one last week wouldn't take so many lives so quickly

Jonah Fox
Jonah Fox

So yeah, regulate them like cars. Then we'll see how THAT argument pans out.

JimTom
JimTom

Another uninformed person. It is against the law to have automatic weapons. I can change a magazine in less than 2 seconds so it would take 4 more seconds to use 10 round mags then a 30 round mag. Will that 4 seconds make difference? The SEMI-auto I carry only holds 5 round so the average "simple handgun" is 20% more deadly than my gun. See how information helps keep you from looking stupid?

JimTom
JimTom

And she shouldn't have with a mentally ill son. It's not the law that failed here it was stupid decsions made by the mother. You can't create laws to end stupidity.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@boomer1949  ... scratch the surface of a gun-nut and you'll find an insecure piss-pant coward.

JimTom
JimTom

Well Matt you see all us guns nuts agreed with everything Goerge Bush every siad, did or though of, he is our God.

JimTom
JimTom

You two should get a room.

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