Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that he won’t remove a gun control amendment from a cybersecurity bill being debated in the Senate this week. The cybersecurity bill seeks to boost protections for the nation’s electrical grid, transportation systems and financial networks. Lautenberg’s amendment would ban high-capacity ammunition clips.
Lautenberg said his amendment “belongs in a security measure” like the cybersecurity bill and said he plans to keep pushing it until it gets heard on the Senate floor. He laughed when asked about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s statements saying his proposal was irrelevant.
“One man’s relevance is an obligation to the constituents,” he said.
Gun control, Launtenberg stressed, couldn’t wait. “When is a better time? When is more security sought by the people?” Lautenberg asked. “There is not a more, in my view, opportune moment than when there’s still a period of mourning coming from Colorado. Timing, it’s said, is everything. And this is the time.”
Banning online ammunition sales is a step in the right direction and definitely a reasonable regulation. Lautenberg’s history of leadership on this issue shows. Now if only the rest of his congressional colleagues would join him, perhaps we could get some laws in place to prevent another tragedy of this magnitude from taking place.
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