In 1994, Congress passed and the President (Bill Clinton) signed the Assault Weapons Ban banning Americans from purchasing assault weapons such as AK47s (weapons of war & mass destruction) in gun shops and other venues. I'm not talking about hunting rifles or even hand guns...ASSAULT WEAPONS are for killing massive numbers of people at one time.
However, starting next Monday, they can and will be sold LEGALLY (i.e., the bill "sunsets"--unless President Bush signs the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban as he promised to do). Please send a message to President Bush to sign the ban renewal.
Here are a few websites with facts on the upcoming deadline, and information on how you can send a message to the President to SIGN THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN BEFORE IT EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 13.
Violence Policy Center
Working for Change
This is not a partisan issue; it is a matter of life and death.
From 9/10 NYT , a column by Clyde Haberman focusing on Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and the good work she's been doing.
For those who would play "devils advocate", here's a story about how gun manufacturers view things: Detroit Free Press.