UPDATE: Under intense pressure, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced an updated version of her Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 on November 8, 2017. The Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 is a stronger, more effective bill than its predecessor. Thanks to all those who contacted her office!
On Sunday, Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS. When host John Dickerson asked her if there could “have been any law passed that would’ve stopped” the Las Vegas gunman from committing the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Feinstein—shockingly—replied, “No,” echoing the National Rifle Association’s dishonest argument.
Feinstein’s answer was all more the disappointing because she has long been the sponsor of legislation that could have stopped the carnage we saw in Las Vegas: the federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was in place from 1994 to 2004.
The Las Vegas gunman used: a) 23 semiautomatic rifles, including variants of the AR-15 and AK-47; b) Military-style accessories including bump stocks, holographic sights, forward hand grips (used to push the rifle away from the body in order to “bump” the weapon into the trigger finger repeatedly) and high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold between 60-100 rounds each; c) Thousands of rounds of ammunition (hotel room and car).
These are the exact type of firearms and accessories regulated by the federal Assault Weapons Ban which Senator Feinstein authored! If she does not believe the Assault Weapons Ban can stop military-style shootings like the one we saw in Las Vegas, why did she go back to work and sponsor an improved Assault Weapons Ban bill in 2013?
Please contact Senator Feinstein through one of the channels below and give her the following message:
Senator Feinstein, I can’t tell you how disturbed I was to hear you tell John Dickerson on “Face the Nation” that no laws could have stopped the mass shooting in Las Vegas. That is the exact language used by the National Rifle Association to obfuscate the truth and demoralize our side. The shooter used the same semiautomatic rifles and lethal accessories (high-capacity ammunition magazines, holographic sights, bump stocks, forward grips, etc.) that would be regulated under your improved Assault Weapons Ban bill, S. 150. We are depending on you for real leadership after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Please reintroduce your Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 bill and ask Republican leadership to give you an up-or-down vote on it. Speak to this issue without fear.
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
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Thank you for demanding bold. meaningful action after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.