Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the leading voice for a so-called assault weapons ban, on Sunday dismissed the idea that Boston-area residents may have wanted a gun in their homes during the manhunt for the second bombing suspect.
Instead, she pointed to the massive police presence on the scene that kept people safe.
“Some may have [wanted guns], yes,” Feinstein said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But if where you’re going is ‘do they need an assault weapon?’ I don’t think so.”
Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked if individuals shouldn’t have right to decide for themselves what types of guns to have in their home.
“How about a machine gun then?” Feinstein asked. “We did away with machine guns because of how they’re used. I think we should do away with assault weapons because of how they’re used…you can use a 12-gauge shotgun and have a good defensive effect and there’s the element of surprise.”
“Now you’ve got police all over the place in Watertown, so I don’t really think this is applicable. I think there are people who want to make this argument,” she added.
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