Sen. Dianne Feinstein has become the center of attention in Washington ever since late last week when she introduced a bill with a gun ban list that would prohibit the use of 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds.
Feinstein, D-Calif., appeared on several political news networks this past weekend in an effort to discuss the uphill battle this gun control and the legislation the needs to be implemented in order to make a noticeable difference in our society.
While on CBS television’s “Face the Nation,” the 79-year-old Senator insisted that advocates of her “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” bill, including a coalition of police, clergy and voters, would push forward her gun control measure despite strong opposition from the nation’s largest gun-rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association.
"I think I can get it passed because the American people are very much for it," Feinstein said of the bill, which contains a thorough gun ban list consisting of specific weapons and ammunition magazines.
During the interview, Feinstein acknowledged the political clout of the NRA, implying that the group is the biggest thing standing between her bill and a swift pass in Congress.
“This has always been an uphill fight. This has never been easy. This is the hardest of the hard,” Feinstein said.
By no surprise, the NRA has come out in strong opposition of the bill, insisting that Gun Ban Bill’s such as Feinstein’s are simply ineffective.
"Senator Feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades," the gun lobby said in a statement. "The American people know gun bans do not work, and we are confident Congress will reject Senator Feinstein's wrong-headed approach."
The gun control matriarch didn’t seem too daunted by the NRA’s stand as she pressed on listing all who stand with her in the political arena.
“I think what happens is that you have one group, namely the NRA, that has such a pronounced view that dominates the arena. But we have the United States Conference of Mayors. We have the major city chiefs. We have the largest police organization in the world supporting us. We have individual chiefs and sheriffs. We have pediatricians, trauma room surgeons, teachers — you name it, all the way down. We have the clergy.”
In a separate interview with CNN''s "State of the Union," Feinstein continued her rant against the NRA, calling the association “venal.”
"The NRA is venal. They come after you, they put together large amounts of money to defeat you," she told "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley. "They did this in '93, and they intend to continue it."
Feinstein is known for, among other things, having played a key role in the 1994 legislation that resulted in an assault weapons band. The ban expired in 2004 and has yet to be reinstated.
The media roundup came amid a rally on Saturday in Washington for gun control. The march went from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, where gun control advocates held signs that said "We Are Sandy Hook."
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal on Wednesday, and it will hear from the NRA's CEO and senior vice president, Wayne LaPierre. Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in an assassination attempt, also plans to testify.
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