Poor Diane Feinstein. She apparently is suffering from major memory loss.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the lead sponsor of a federal assault weapons ban, says President Obama needs to take a more active role in pushing legislation to prohibit military-style weapons.
Feinstein says she wants Obama to match the effort former President Clinton made two decades ago to round up votes for the measure on Capitol Hill.
“Yes, I obviously would like it. I would appreciate anything he and other members of the White House and the Justice Department can do,” said Feinstein.
With Clinton’s help, Feinstein and her allies passed the federal assault weapons ban in 1994, which sunset 10 years later.
The in November of that year the GOP wrested control of the House from the Democrats for the first time in 40 years and also took the Senate due in large part to the overreach of Democrats on gun control. Apparently they’d like to repeat history.
Former Rep. Chris Shays (Conn.), who was the Republican point person for the assault weapons ban in the House, said Clinton played a crucial role.
“He was very involved,” said Shays.
Shays remembers being invited to the Oval Office for a signing ceremony and appearing before a bank of cameras with Democratic leaders.
“The assault weapons ban really mattered to the president. I knew he really wanted it in the package,” he said of Clinton.
Shays, however, questioned whether Clinton would do so again if he were still president. He estimates that between 10 and 20 House Democrats lost their races in the 1994 midterm elections as a result of the assault weapons ban passing.
Bill Clinton believes that advocating gun control cost Democrats 20 of the 52 House seats they lost in the 1994 elections, which ended 40 years of Democratic control of the House. And appearing June 23 on “The Charlie Rose Show,” he said this about the defeat of Al Gore in 2000:
“The NRA beat him in Arkansas. The NRA and Ralph Nader stand right behind the Supreme Court in their ability to claim that they put George Bush in the White House. . . . If I had known how big the NRA problem was, could I have gone down there and spent three days calling people on the phone and hollering people in and talking to them and turned it? Probably. . . . I think the NRA had enough votes in New Hampshire, in Arkansas, maybe in Tennessee and in Missouri, to beat us. And they nearly whipped us in two or three other places.”