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Assault Weapons Legal Today

September 13, 2004

(archived broadcast )
Guests: Kelly Hobbs, spokesperson for the National Rifle Association and Elizabeth Haile, Staff Attorney for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Today, the decade-old ban on Americans owning semi-automatic assault weapons expires. Bush promised to extend the ban in the 2000 campaign but has now flip-flopped: the Republicans will not let the popular bill extending the ban come to a vote in Congress.
Is it really a good idea to allow a terrorist buy an AK-47 at your local Wallmart? Or would our country would be safer if everyone — man, woman, and child — had his or her own Uzi to fight back against a terrorist attack?

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  • Welcome aboard! December 1, 2006 9:23 am

    Ralph–your mindless misspelled comment fits right in–the gun Nazi says, “No guns for you!”

  • ralph November 30, 2006 11:14 am

    reading some of these mindless,infantile comments from your obviously ignorant,uneducated and somewhat disturbed readership makes me realize just how imparative strong gun laws are,no matter how regrettable that fact is

  • Vicky May 9, 2005 12:24 pm

    I do enjoy and appreciate your quick wit and your sarcastic humor “Professor Frink” – even when it’s aimed at me. I won’t attempt to one-up you because I recognize your intellectual superiority over me and I bow before you.
    It certainly isn’t the first time anyone has gone off on an “irrelevant tangent” on this blog is it? (However, I don’t consider it irrelevant.)

  • Professor Frink May 9, 2005 10:45 am

    Vicky–literacy certainly isn’t a partisan issue–as you claim–and blaming the public school system
    is an irrelevant tangent
    I won’t attempt to berate your B.S. degree in Home Economics from Catatonic State University
    A lot of our soldiers in Iraq were just trying to get the money to pay for college–now they get the honor of fighting for their life to go to college-God Bless America!
    You last remark also infringes on free speech–I never made a statement infringing free speech–now, both you and Vincent, have