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Sen. Feinstein: Passing gun-control legislation is ‘hardest’ challenge
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she will push her assault-weapons ban as an amendment if it doesnt get into the package that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) allows on the floor.

 

Reid has said he will allow an open amendment process for gun-control legislation on the Senate floor - which gun-control proponents fear could weaken a final bill - but Feinstein said on CNNsState of the UnionSunday that she would also force a vote on renewing the assault-weapons ban.

 

She said thats how it happened in 1993, when the ban was first passed.

 

This has always been an uphill fight”, Feinstein said. “This has never been easy - this is the hardest of the hard”.

 

Feinstein introduced legislation this week to ban assault weapons at a press conference flanked by a group of Democratic senators and the guns they want to ban displayed behind them.

 

The ban faces a difficult fight in the Senate, as Republicans and a handful of Democrats have said they are opposed to banning assault weapons again.

 

Feinstein said Sunday that the Newtown, Conn. shooting was anepiphanyfor her, and that the country has reached the point whereenough is enough”.

 

She accused the National Rifle Association (NRA) of beingan institution of gun manufacturersand said they their tactics had targeted lawmakers eager for compromise.

 

They come after you - they put together large amounts of money to defeat you”, Feinstein said. “They did this in 1993”, when the first assault-weapons ban passed. The Hill

 

FACTS & FIGURES

The U.S. debate over gun control flared again in mid-December when a man killed 20 first graders and six adults in a matter of minutes at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, using an assault rifle. Reuters

 

Efforts to limit the sale and possession of assault rifles and multi-round ammunition clips, or to require background checks and waiting periods for the purchase of guns, have been halted for years by fears that the powerful National Rifle Association would defeat any politician who proposed such measures. NY Times

 

Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has spent $28.2 million on lobbying in Washington and employed between 16 and 35 lobbyists in any given year. The group has doled out more than $3.3 million in campaign contributions and $44 million on independent efforts to support its favored candidates in the last three federal elections. Huffington Post

 

The Harvard Injury Control Research Center assessed the literature on guns and homicide and found that theres substantial evidence that indicates more guns means more murders. The Washington Post

 

Over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. bradycampaign.org

 

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