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Columbus City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Assault Weapons

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With a unanimous city council vote of six to zero, Columbus joins other Ohio communities in banning assault weapons. Following a series of public hearings, Council members determined the risks to Columbus families increased unacceptably when the U.S. Congress failed to renew the federal law which expired on September 13th, 2004.

The Columbus ordinance bans the possession and transfer of assault weapons while continuing to allow the use of the weapons at licensed shooting ranges and in officially sanctioned competitive shooting events. Individuals who lawfully owned and possessed assault weapons before the ordinance's effective date may keep their weapons but have 90 days to register them with local authorities.

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) provided support for the ordinance and testified in the public hearings. Toby Hoover, Executive Director of OCAGV, congratulated the City on its progressive action to make Columbus a safer place to live and raise families.

Said Hoover, "Assault weapons are semi-automatic guns that are made to spray fire a high volume of bullets. Assault weapons are not hunting guns. They are people killers and we should never forget that we are talking about people, both victims and survivors. These guns are an assault on us all and we congratulate Columbus for regulating them."

Sue Ann Schiff, Executive Director of Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV), agreed: "Assault weapons are designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently. The Columbus ordinance is directed to military-style weapons designed for rapid spray firing, not to standard sporting firearms."

At the request of the chair of the Columbus Public Safety Committee, Michael Mentel, LCAV testified about assault weapons, and provided the Committee with its comprehensive report, Banning Assault Weapons - A Legal Primer for State and Local Action, which includes a model law. The report provides a legal framework for state and local governments interested in banning assault weapons. LCAV has a special interest in assault weapons: it was founded in 1993 following an attack in San Francisco in which a gunman with two assault weapons shot 14 people, killing nine.

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These laws are really going to make a big difference when street gangs become organized groups of civil insurgents, law and order fails and the city council (who know soooo much more than those at the federal level) is dragged from its chambers and shot. Then the disarmed citizenry will realize their folly - that they are helpless to defend themselves because they let cowards and liberals structure their society and societal needs for them.

In the interim, fairly well organized civil insurgents will overrun the police and the national guard will turn the streets into a bloodbath worse than Watts during the riots of the late 60s. The city will become a free- fire zone and the 'burbs' will become targets of 'material support' for the insurgents with raids for guns, ammo, food and medical supplies.

There will be no peace until all the liberal politicians and their 'enforcers' have been cleaned out of office - we can let the insurgents do that for us - and we re-establish the Constitution as it was written but without the allowance for local and state governments to modify it as they wish. Just my thoughts. Mikey.
 

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"Assault weapons are semi-automatic guns that are made to spray fire a high volume of bullets. Assault weapons are not hunting guns. They are people killers and we should never forget that we are talking about people, both victims and survivors. These guns are an assault on us all..."

So let's make sure that only the police and military have access to them...

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I guess shotguns would qualify under their definition, because they are pretty good at spraying bullets, albeit little bitty bullets.

What I'm really wondering about is what they are going to do about assault bats and assault knives, etc. Everyone knows that these weapons are made specifically for killing people.

Of course, the real problem in that Ohio city and other liberal bastions is the assault of politicians upon the rights and liberties of the law abiding citizens. These politicians are assault-politicians and they should be banned.
 

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My thoughts on this were summed up when Benjamin Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
 
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