May 5th, 1994 – ‘Ford, Carter, Reagan Push for Gun Ban’
WASHINGTON — ‘Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue’.
‘Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban’.
“I beg the undecided members of the House–give this bill a chance,” Feinstein said in an emotional speech here. “I can’t really share with you the fear I feel if this does not get a positive vote.”
‘In their letter, the three former presidents said: “This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety. . . .’
“Although assault weapons account for less than 1% of the guns in circulation, they account for nearly 10% of the guns traced to crime. . . .”
“While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals”.
“We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons.”
From : http://articles.latimes.com/1994-05-05/news/mn-54185_1_assault-weapons-ban