"Americans may own guns for the purpose of hunting and target shooting"
"There is an individual right to bear arms but it's subject to common sense regulation."
~Sen. Barack Obama, 2008
"I would also work to reinstate the assault weapons ban." ~Sen. Hillary Clinton, 2008
"Assault weapons in the hands of civilians exist for no reason but to inspire fear and wreak deadly havoc on our streets" ~President Bill Clinton, 1997
"You want an assault rifle? Join the Army!"
~Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe."
~Senator Dianne Feinstein, 1993
"We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We're going to beat guns into submission!"
~Senator Charles Schumer, 1993
"If someone is so fearful that they are going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, it makes me very nervous that these people have weapons at all."
~Rep. Henry Waxman