Gun Groups Predict Assault Weapons Ban will Fail in Congress

Gun-rights supporters predict that a gun-control bill would fail in Congress as it didn’t address mental health issues and other factors that lead to violence.

Gun rights groups on Sunday forecast that bids to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition wouldn’t be passed in Congress. Photo: The Gun Store/Flickr

National Rifle Association President David Keene said in a recent interview that the Obama administration wouldn’t probably pass an assault-weapons ban or a ban on large capacity ammunition clips.

“What we put the brakes on is anything that simply takes away a person’s Second Amendment right for no good reason,” Mr. Keene said.

“The likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress.”

He went on, adding that there was no evidence that restricting of guns people can own would solve the problem.

“We’re not willing to compromise on people’s rights when there is no evidence that doing so is going to accomplish the purpose,” Mr. Keene said.

Sen. Joe Manchin suggested that there has to be a comprehensive approach that would include violence in the media and mental health problems, reports The New York Post.

“Assault weapons standalone ban on just guns alone will not, in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere,” Mr. Manchin said.

Advocates of gun control measures argue that there is broader support for changes after last month’s mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Newtown fundamentally changed things. And the NRA just doesn’t get this,” Sen. Chris Murphy said in an interview with reporters

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) stands for reintroducing the ban, a call that other Democrats, including San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, have supported.

“There is a feeling that the Second Amendment is there in the Constitution, folks will have the right to bear arms,” Castro recently told journalist and television host Charlie Rose.

“At the same time, like every other freedom, there are reasonable limits, regulations to be placed on it.”

However, others, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio (Rep.), are skeptical that a ban could prevent another mass shooting.

“I think we need to be informed and learn about this specific incident to see what policy changes could have prevented it,” Rubio said.

“But to be quite frank I’ve always been skeptical of the ability of gun laws and gun laws alone to prevent violent things like this from happening,” he added.

By the way, Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with the National Rifle Association this week.

Biden, who was tasked by President Barack Obama with developing a plan to fight gun violence in the wake of Sandy School shooting last month, will also meet with representatives of mass media in order to discuss how guns are portrayed in movies and video games.

Vice President is to meet with victims of gun violence and gun safety organizations on Wednesday, reported Bieden’s office. He will speak with the NRA and other gun ownership groups the following day.

Cabinet officials are also scheduled to take part in negotiations and will meet with stakeholder groups.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will meet with representatives from parent, teacher and education groups, while Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with mental health and disability advocates, ABC News informs.

Meanwhile, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said: “We don’t think that there is much likelihood that the Congress is going to move on making gun-control laws worse than they are.”

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