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Audio Recording of VPC Gun Banner's Confession:

Clinton/Feinstein Gun Ban Sunsetting
Will Not "Make One Whit of Difference"

by Angel Shamaya

March 26, 2004 -- We owe professor John Lott some appreciation for bringing to our attention a recent confession by a certain extremist gun banner. In his March 25 article, Lott quotes a VPC representative as saying:

"If the existing assault-weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another in terms of our objective, which is reducing death and injury and getting a particularly lethal class of firearms off the streets. So if it doesn't pass, it doesn't pass."

The VPC representative who said the above is Tom Diaz -- arguably one of the most extreme gun banners any independent prohibitionist organization has to offer. The NPR interview took place on Morning Edition with Bob Edwards (Larry Abramson reporting), March 11, 2004.

The full NPR report can be listened to online at the NPR website, for however long they archive their radio programs, right here:

It's a good idea to store the relevant excerpt of that interview on as many hard drives as possible. To make that fast and easy, following is a 1.3 megabyte .wav file of that portion of the interview. Download your copy right here: , and please pass it around -- especially to friends who are known to keep great backups of RKBA-helpful archives.


This quote from Mr. Gun Banner can be highly useful. We should use it wherever our voices can be heard: articles, editorials, interviews, conversations, letters to the editor, and especially to public servants who support renewing the semi-auto rifle and magazine ban. The quote is great as is, and it's even better like this:

"If the existing assault-weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another in terms of ... reducing death and injury .... So if it doesn't pass, it doesn't pass."

--Tom Diaz, Violence Policy Center Representative
National Public Radio; March 11, 2004
Morning Edition with Bob Edwards; Larry Abramson reporting

Thanks for the heads up, John.

Thanks for the confession Tommy boy. Please let us know next time you'll be on NPR.


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