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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Mar 20, 2013 2:57 AM Flag

    Feinstein: ‘I’m not gong to lay down and play dead’

    Feinstein: ‘I’m not gong to lay down and play dead’

    By Jonathan Easley - 03/19/13 07:08 PM ET

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) shot back late Tuesday at the notion her federal assault weapons ban bill was doomed after Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decided against including it in a base bill of gun control measures.
    “This is very important to me and I’m not gong to lay down and play dead,” she said on CNN. “I think the American people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation.”

    Reid earlier Tuesday said the Senate would vote on Feinstein’s bill as an amendment to the broader gun-reform package, but that it would not be packaged with some of the less-controversial measures that deal with increasing school safety, and cracking down on straw purchasers.
    Reid defended the decision to reporters, predicting Feinstein’s legislation wouldn’t pull a majority even in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
    “Right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes," he said. "That’s not 60. I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues we talked about."
    Still, Feinstein said Reid assured her the bill would be put up for a vote.
    “What Sen. Reid told me was that I would have the opportunity for a vote. I take him at his word,” she said.
    “It came out on a 10 to eight vote in the Judiciary Committee, and not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust,” she added.
    Feinstein argued that her assault weapons ban legislation that expired in 2004 took the same path as her current legislation.
    “If it’s an amendment, it’s not a symbolic vote,” she said. “I did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. It was enacted there, it went on the House, and it was enacted there.”


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    • Feinstein, Boxer, Reid, and Pelosi, none of them have to play dead, they have been dead for years!

    • Contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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      • Top Colorado official shot dead night before new gun law signing

        Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:51am EDT

        (Reuters) - One of Colorado state's top law enforcement officials was shot and killed at his home Tuesday night, just hours before the governor is scheduled to sign landmark gun control legislation drafted in response to a series of mass shootings.

        Tom Clements, 58, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot once at his home in the town of Monument, said El Paso County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Jeff Kramer.

        He said that while investigators are searching for an assailant, no suspects have been identified. Kramer said there is "no information at this point" to indicate a suicide.

        Last summer, the Colorado town of Aurora experienced one of the worst shootings in a spate of gun killings across the United States, when a gunman fatally shot 12 people inside a movie theater. Last December, the shooting deaths of school children by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut, intensified a national debate about gun violence.

        Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is on Wednesday scheduled to sign legislation to expand background checks on gun buyers and limit the size of ammunition magazines that may be sold.

        Hickenlooper, who counted Clements as an ally, reacted to the news of his death with sorrow.

        "I am so sad," Hickenlooper wrote in an email sent to state corrections employees early Wednesday morning and posted on the governor's official Facebook page.

        "I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can't imagine our team without him."


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