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Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2013

Illinois Rep Jan Schakowsky says assault rifle ban just the beginning, ‘moment of opportunity’ and seeks to ban handguns

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women’s rights rally that plans for an “assault” weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.

Jan SchakowskySchakowsky evidently did not recognize Mattera, a conservative video journalist and senior investigative reporter for Talk Radio Network, who infamously confronted Vice President Joe Biden in the Capitol.

Mattera introduced himself to Schakowsky by name but did not indicate that he was filming or that he is conservative. She spoke to Mattera as if he were a fellow gun control enthusiast–and Mattera played along, eliciting answers about Schakowsky’s enthusiasm for gun control.

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“We want everything on the table,” Schakowsky told Mattera. “This is a moment of opportunity. There’s no question about it.”

Here’s the transcript from more of their conversation:

Schakowsky: We’re on a roll now, and I think we’ve got to take the–you know, we’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.

Mattera: So the assault weapons ban is just the beginning?

Schakowsky: Oh absolutely. I mean, I’m against handguns. We have, in Illinois, the Council Against Handgun… (inaudible) violence. Yeah, I’m a member of that. So, absolutely.

Schakowsky proposed allowances for states and municipalities to ban guns.

Mattera: We’ll never get a handgun ban with the Second Amendment as stated.

Schakowsky: I don’t know. I don’t know that we can’t. And there may be an allowance, once again, for communities–I have communities in my district that prohibited handguns within their borders. The rights of municipalities and states to view that as a sensible way to keep people safe–I don’t think it’s precluded.

 

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  3. Scott says:

    If our Government takes our right to Bare Arms then We will be like any other Country that limits Guns to people were they put steal bars around there windows and Cages around there homes .Were they live in there own prison… The only people to gain from illegal Guns are those that do not honor or respect human life or personal property and can take your life w/o thought ! The Second amendment is my Permit to protect those from Evil

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