California Senator Dianne Feinstein responded forcefully to NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s criticism of her work toward instituting an assault weapons ban Monday on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
In a speech at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo Banquet in Salt Lake City on Saturday, LaPierre blasted Feinstein’s efforts to ban high-capacity weapons as a “decades-old agenda,” referring to Feinstein’s co-sponsorship of the 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
In his comments, LaPierre said that he was “amazed at how rapidly this debate deteriorated from what has proven to work to what has proven to be the political agenda of those bent on attacking the Second Amendment to our Constitution.” He suggested that Feinstein was using an assault weapons ban as a political tool, having “legislation in her desk for over a year, waiting for the right time to introduce it.” He accused Feinstein of waiting for an “unspeakable act to occur” so she could have more leverage in persuading the American people to accept her “decades-old agenda.”
In a response on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports this week, Feinstein said that the assault weapons ban has the backing of the conference of Mayors Against Guns, as well as the police, medical, and religious organizations.
She further justified her rationale by saying that “grievance killers” use assault rifles as their weapon of choice because they are “easy to obtain” and there are “no background checks.”
“You can buy them out of a back of a car, at a gun show,” Feinstein said. “America’s laws are virtually nonexistent and, therefore, I think this is a good bill.”
Watch Feinstein’s response in the video clip below.