Two months from today, the federal assault weapons ban dissolves like a wisp of gun smoke. Even though he proudly carried the National Rifle Association's seal of approval in 2000, President Bush says he supports renewing the 10-year-old ban, but he has refused to push Congress in that direction, the Los Angeles Times writes in an editorial. His word to congressional leaders would matter greatly now, just as his continued silence suggests that he values the NRA's support over Americans' safety. The Times says, "The NRA's strategy is to get its friends in Congress . . .
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