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Will Congress really ban assault weapons?

President Obama vowed Monday to use the power of his office to stop mass shootings, but was hazy on specifics. Will he? Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut called for the restoration of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California vowed to introduce a bill doing just that in 2013. Will this happen? Just over half of Americans polled support banning semiautomatic handguns. And a majority support a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. But Congress has not followed suit with legislation. Will the Newtown massacre change lawmakers’ minds? What’s your view?

NEWS AND VIEWS

NRA-endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin calls for assault weapons ban
MSNBC, Dec. 17

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