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Emotions have been running extremely high following the possible assault weapons ban that President Obama once proposed.
In a recent interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Rev. Jackson supported the president’s assault weapons ban. He believes semi-automatic guns and assault weapons must be banned for the sake of national security because they could “shoot down planes.” Read Rev. Jackson’s statement below:
These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people, and in fact, they are threats to national security… The young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado, with the arsenal he had– he was right near the airport, right near the runways [in] Denver. He could shoot down airplanes, so this is a matter of homeland security as well.
Rev. Jackson proceeded to say that on the battlefield, soldiers determine where enemy guns are being produced and they stop the flow of weapons. “We know where they’re manufactured; we know where they’re sold,” he said of American guns. Rev. Jackson said the solution to fixing the matter is to “make manufacturers more accountable for their product,” as was done with cigarette manufacturers. “What functions do assault weapons hold except to kill people…what is their function?” he asked.
Meanwhile, there is a strong possibility President Obama will not move forward with the initial ban on assault weapons and large magazine clips that he initially proposed. In his public comments after the meetings, Biden — who President Obama appointed to lead the task force — did not mention an assault weapons ban at all as he discussed the work of the committee, which will be delivering suggestions to the president on Tuesday. Biden noted that his former colleagues in the Senate have long been “pretty universally opposed to any restrictions on gun ownership or what type of weapons can be purchased.”