Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Specter Helps Kill Assault Weapons Ban, and Now the Criminals Are Using Them

04 Oct, 2004, 01:00 ET from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom

    NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Arlen Specter's
 decision to side with the gun lobby over the people of Pennsylvania has now
 had direct consequences: More crimes with military-style semiautomatic assault
 weapons.
     One of the nation's first assault weapons crimes since the sunset of the
 ban on these weapons apparently occurred here late last week, at a Mobil gas
 station on South Sycamore Street, just sixteen days after Senator Arlen
 Specter and Congressional leaders helped the gun lobby kill the ban.  An
 employee at the gas station told police the gun the robber brandished was an
 Uzi with a large capacity ammunition magazine.  "The employee said he knew the
 weapon from seeing it in magazines and elsewhere before," a police detective
 told the Bucks County Courier Times newspaper.
     The employee handed over more than $200, and the robber fled.
     Specter's refusal to support renewing the Assault Weapons Ban was a key
 factor in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police chapters,
 the state's largest local law enforcement organizations, endorsing his
 opponent, Representative Joe Hoeffel.
     "Arlen Specter claims to be surprised that police officers are declining
 to support him this year, but our decision should come as no surprise,"
 Michael Havens, of the Pittsburgh FOP, was quoted as saying about law
 enforcement's rejection of Senator Specter.  "Over the past several years,
 he's made unacceptable choices that have put conservative ideology before the
 needs of the law enforcement community."
     "Senator Specter's campaign website says the Senator 'believes that the
 fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens,' but he has now
 helped give criminals access to greater firepower," said Jim Brady, the former
 Reagan press secretary shot by a would-be assassin.
     "He let the people and the police down when he sided with the extreme gun
 lobby and against a common sense law," Brady said.  "The people of
 Pennsylvania need to hold him accountable."
 
     CONTACT:  Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
 +1-202-898-0792.
 
 

SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom
    NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Arlen Specter's
 decision to side with the gun lobby over the people of Pennsylvania has now
 had direct consequences: More crimes with military-style semiautomatic assault
 weapons.
     One of the nation's first assault weapons crimes since the sunset of the
 ban on these weapons apparently occurred here late last week, at a Mobil gas
 station on South Sycamore Street, just sixteen days after Senator Arlen
 Specter and Congressional leaders helped the gun lobby kill the ban.  An
 employee at the gas station told police the gun the robber brandished was an
 Uzi with a large capacity ammunition magazine.  "The employee said he knew the
 weapon from seeing it in magazines and elsewhere before," a police detective
 told the Bucks County Courier Times newspaper.
     The employee handed over more than $200, and the robber fled.
     Specter's refusal to support renewing the Assault Weapons Ban was a key
 factor in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police chapters,
 the state's largest local law enforcement organizations, endorsing his
 opponent, Representative Joe Hoeffel.
     "Arlen Specter claims to be surprised that police officers are declining
 to support him this year, but our decision should come as no surprise,"
 Michael Havens, of the Pittsburgh FOP, was quoted as saying about law
 enforcement's rejection of Senator Specter.  "Over the past several years,
 he's made unacceptable choices that have put conservative ideology before the
 needs of the law enforcement community."
     "Senator Specter's campaign website says the Senator 'believes that the
 fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens,' but he has now
 helped give criminals access to greater firepower," said Jim Brady, the former
 Reagan press secretary shot by a would-be assassin.
     "He let the people and the police down when he sided with the extreme gun
 lobby and against a common sense law," Brady said.  "The people of
 Pennsylvania need to hold him accountable."
 
     CONTACT:  Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
 +1-202-898-0792.
 
 SOURCE  Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom