Feinstein wants dialogue on assault guns

July 23, 2012

By Carla Marinucci, SFGate.com

Nearly two decades before the massacre in Aurora, Colo., the slayings of eight people inside the 101 California Street office tower in San Francisco sent shock waves around the nation.

In the aftermath of that bloody day in 1993, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., led the call for a ban on assault weapons. On Sunday, she reprised her outrage over assault weapons, calling for a national conversation about their dangers.

“Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” she said.

Feinstein expressed concern about Colorado gunman James Holmes’ use of large magazines and assault weapons. “These are weapons that you’re only going to be using to kill people in close combat,” she told Fox News Sunday.

But Feinstein acknowledged that with a presidential election just four months away, politicians are unlikely to take up the challenge of a gun-control debate. “It’s a bad time to embrace a new subject,” she said.

Feinstein was among the first to speak out forcefully for an assault-weapons ban just days after the July 1, 1993, killing spree in San Francisco.

In that attack, the gunman, Gian Luigi Ferri, strapped two semiautomatic IntraTec Tec-9 handguns around his neck. He wore earplugs, had a .45-caliber pistol in a holster, and carried 250 rounds of ammunition, including Black Talon bullets that expand upon impact.

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