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Visclosky backs, Buyer opposes assault weapons ban

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WASHINGTON - Northwest Indiana's House members split along party lines in

Thursday's vote on the assault weapons ban.

Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., who voted in favor of the ban, said it would

help halt the country's escalating level of violence.

"I voted for this common-sense measure to make our streets and schools safe

and to protect our law-abiding citizens from the terror of weapons designed,

not for sport or protection, but solely to kill a large number of people as

quickly as possible," he said.

Visclosky, who helped sponsor the Brady gun control bill last year, said the

legislation only serves to protect citizens.

"Until this measure becomes law, a hunted deer in the forest will have more

protection than our children on the playground," he said, "because many states

already limit firepower of hunting rifles."

Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., who voted against the bill, said Congress was

"advocating symbolism instead of substance" by banning guns used in less than 1

percent of violent crimes.

"This bill is an insult not only to the millions of law-abiding gun owners

throughout our nation," he said, "but also to the hundreds of millions of

Americans who are demanding substantive action be taken to end our rampant

crime problems."

Buyer, who voted against the Brady bill, said the weapons ban infringes on

citizens' constitutional rights without making them safer.

"The criminal is the true assault weapon," he said, "with the deadliest

being those repeat offenders which commit three-quarters of all rapes and

robberies and almost all murders."


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