"Should President Obama push to permanently reinstate a ban on assault weapons?
Congress imposed a ban on what it called assault weapons in 1994, outlawing the sale and importation of 19 military-style weapons, copycat models with similar features, and high-capacity ammunition magazines. In a compromise with Republicans, the Democrats who controlled Congress agreed to let it expire in ten years unless it was renewed. By 2004, with Republicans in charge, support had evaporated.
- Yes. We had the ban for 10 years. He should use up whatever political capital is necessary to reinstate the ban.
- No. It was a mistake the first time around and it would be a mistake again. Existing gun laws are enough.
- Maybe. Owning a gun is a right, but I'm conflicted as to whether or not average Americans should be able to own assault weapon"