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Assault Weapons Ban Provokes NRA Reaction

Lauren Madow |
March 15, 2013 | 10:34 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA (Gage Skidmore)
Wayne LaPierre of the NRA (Gage Skidmore)
The Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of a bill banning the sale of certain military-style assault weapons is the latest development in the national gun control debate, which intensified after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, told supporters today that President Obama's aim in supporting gun control was not to protect children but to erode the Second Amendment.

LaPierre said in his speech, "For our Second Amendment freedom, Mr. President, we will stand and fight throughout this country for our freedom," according to CBS News

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The bill, if passed by the Senate, would outlaw the sale of the type of weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

For more on Wayne LaPierre's speech, go here.

For more on debate in the Senate over the ban, go here.

For more Neon Tommy coverage of gun control, go here.

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Jose79845 (not verified) on March 17, 2013 7:04 AM

The Hope and Change in the 2016 presidential election will be gun rights for hope and legalized marijuana for change.

madow on March 15, 2013 4:45 PM

I neglected to add "semi-" to automatic. Thanks for the catch. This was one of my sources:

Anonymous (not verified) on March 15, 2013 3:34 PM

"The Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of a bill banning the sale of certain military-style automatic weapons is..."
Military-style automatic weapons are already banned...