On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.) says one in five policemen are killed with assault rifles and that these weapons have become increasingly dangerous. FBI data says otherwise,
According to FBI statistics, gun homicides are down across the board over the last five years. NRA opponents to Sen. Feinstein and those advocating an “assault weapon” ban make a pointed argument that FBI stats show that twice as many people are beaten to death than are shot by rifles.
A Democrat state senator in Vermont introduced a bill to ban guns which so upset the owner of a shooting range used by police that the owner banned police from the facilities. The owner said that if government was going to have such prejudice against gun owners then they had no right to use civilian facilities for shooting practice. Members were fearful of having their guns confiscated by police. The senator withdrew his proposed bill.
Weapon manufacturers argue that these are not military grade weapons as all are semi-automatic, but simply “look alikes,” and that sale of these downgraded pieces offsets the high cost of actual military assault rifle manufacture. Michelle Malkin remarked that President Obama was hypocritical in wanting to ban legal ownership of these rifles by citizens after selling hundreds of them to Mexican drug lords in his "Fast and Furious" operation. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt by the congressional committee investigating the scandal.