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January 25th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Feldman: 'Senator Feinstein is resorting to the old politics of the gun issue'

In a few hours, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Richmond, Virginia to make the case for a ban on assault weapons, and President Obama is also set to hit the road to promote the plan.

This move comes on the heels of the introduction of a new bill by Senator Diane Feinstein that would renew the ban on assault weapons, including the AR-15s, the type of weapon used to kill children in Newtown.

Feinstein's bill is likely to face a stiff battle on both sides of Congress, a reality that the California Democrat acknowledges.

Richard Feldman is the president of the Independent Firearms Owners Association and he joins Starting Point this morning to explain his opposition to the legislation, stressing that "instead of focusing on the gun, we need to be focusing on the problem which is always who’s hands are the guns."

"It really is the animal house approach to legislating policy," Feldman says of the proposed assault weapons ban. "We outlawed these guns 20 years ago. It didn't work then. Why do we think that by putting American gun owners on double secret probation that we’re going to have any different impact this time around?"

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  1. PaulG

    Virginia Tech, 32 killed, 17 wounded by a mentally ill individual with a pair of pistols. Pistols at Newtown, even ban compliant 10 round mags would have been just as effective. You in the news media and politicians attached to the anti-gun establishment seriously need to get off the gun blame fixation and deal with the problem of keeping criminals and mentally individuals from acquiring firearms.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John

    I think one of the best things that can happen is for Soledad to stop interupting her guests to the point where they run out of time because they weren't allowed to either speak their mind or explain the situation. I watch CNN all the time & she really tends to upset me. Soledad, back off!!! Give your guests more of a chance.
    Thank you,

    January 25, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Agenda Free

    Why is the left for a gun ban to 'save the children'; but against abortion which kills far more children? Doesn’t seem altruistic.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse | Reply

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