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Will abandoning weapons ban help gun safety?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the lead author the proposed Assault Weapons Ban, said yesterday that Democratic leaders have decided not to include her bill in a package of gun control measures expected to go before the full Senate next month. The ban is the most controversial of the proposals, so stripping it from the popular provisions, such as an expansion of background checks, almost certainly condemns it to a lonely death on the Senate floor.

"The leader has decided not to do it," Feinstein told reporters yesterday of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Why? “You will have to ask him,” she said.

The truth is that Reid's move was foreseeable (we predicted it at the beginning of February). And the even more uncomfortable truth for many liberals is that the Assault Weapon Ban would actually only effect a relatively tiny number of crimes, despite its high political cost.

As I wrote last month:

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