During his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, President Obama called on Democrats and Republicans to vote on “common sense” gun control proposals.
“If you want to vote no that’s your choice, but these proposals deserve a vote,” Obama said. “The families of Newtown deserve a vote.”
The proposals Obama referred to include a renewal of the assault weapons ban, legislation proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein to ban hundreds of semi-automatic rifles, handguns and shotguns, a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10-rounds and the implementation of a criminalized background check system for all firearms transfers.
“Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country,” Obama admitted.
As a reminder, a Clinton Justice Department report from 1994 shows the original assault weapons ban “failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims.” The same DOJ concluded, “Under it there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”