Wisconsin Hunter Murders
Show Need For Effective Assault Weapons Ban�Armed Hunters No Match For
SKS Assault Rifle
President Has Power
to Fully Ban Import of All Foreign-Made Assault Rifles Such as SKSs And
assault rifles like the one reported to have been used to murder five
hunters and wound three others in Wisconsin over the weekend are a primary
threat to police, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) reported today. So
far in 2004, at least six law enforcement officers have been slain by
SKSs. In the wake of the shooting, the VPC called on President George
W. Bush today to use the Administration's executive authority over firearm
imports to fully ban the import of all foreign-made assault rifles. Such
an action would not require Congressional approval. The Bush Administration
has specifically authorized the importation of SKS assault rifles
from both Yugoslavia and Albania.
"Armed hunters were
no match for one person firing an SKS assault rifle," said Kristen Rand,
VPC legislative director. "This sad incident illustrates why the SKS is
also a leading cop-killing rifle in America today."
Rand pointed out that
the SKS assault rifle was not covered by the recently expired 1994 federal
assault weapons ban. The VPC criticized the 1994 law as inadequate and
favors enactment of a tougher version of the law that would ban the SKS
and many other assault weapons that easily slipped through the old law's
"Even though the
1994 law was easily circumvented by the gun industry, Congress has failed
to move on a strong replacement law. President Bush could, with the stroke
of a pen, tighten the import ban and stop the import of all foreign-made
assault rifles," Rand said.
She noted that both
the President's father, former-President George H.W. Bush, and former-President
William J. Clinton stopped the import of hundreds of thousands of assault
weapons by using their executive authority under firearms import and trade
laws. Under the current Bush Administration, specific foreign-made assault
rifles, including some SKSs, have returned to the marketplace.
For more information
on the SKS assault rifle and the use of it and other assault weapons against
law enforcement personnel, please visit www.vpc.org.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.