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
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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
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."