Top Democrat: Clinton ‘assault weapons’ ban would be unworkable
California Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson recently said that Hillary Clinton’s calls for a revival of the “assault weapon” ban signed into law by her husband would never fly in America today.
Thompson, House chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said Democrats who believe they can revive the Clinton ban on a class of firearms that have become some of the nation’s most popular are wasting time.
Clinton has made a revival of the ban a key part of her presidential campaign.
“There are over 10 million of them in civilian hands in United States of America, you’re not getting that toothpaste back in the bottle,” he said. “And personally I don’t think the juice is worth the squeeze. I would rather just say if you pass a background check, you can buy your gun, notwithstanding the type of gun.”
The Democratic lawmaker said he believes it would be more productive for members of his party to work with Republicans to try to come to agreement over more common sense gun control measures that could strengthen background check requirements without placing unreasonable burdens on gun enthusiasts.
Clinton, however, is unlikely to drop calls for new gun bans from her presidential platform.
“We did have an assault weapons ban for ten years,” she said last month. “I think it should be reinstated.”
The former first lady has repeatedly referred to certain semi-automatic rifles as “weapons of war” and on more than one occasion praised Australian-style gun confiscation.