Assault Weapons Ban Passes Senate Judiciary Committee
"Why would we turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal? If the criminal element is going to be using weapons like this, it is not much satisfaction that criminals are going to have access [to these weapons] and we are going to give the American people a pea shooter."The legislation would prevent the purchase of 150 specifically named weapons, potentially limiting the ability of law-abiding American citizens to defend themselves.
There were several tense moments as the meeting perhaps the most pointed exchange came between Senator Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Feinstein (D-CA). The Junior Senator from Texas questioned the ability of the Federal government to limit freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the Senior Senator from California responded with a quip that she, "I'm not a sixth grader..." An article in Politico records the full exchange.