Feinstein: Guns, Maybe, But No Need for 'Assault Weapons' During Watertown Manhunt

By Susan Jones | April 22, 2013 | 6:52 AM EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduces her bill banning semi-automatic weapons on Jan. 24, 2013. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Last week's terror attack in Boston and its frightening aftermath may have had some people locked in their homes wishing they had guns. But even so, they didn't need assault weapons, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) insisted on Sunday.

Mike Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday," asked Feinstein, "There are some conservatives who say...that when a million people in Boston were forced to stay in their homes, that a lot of those people -- particularly in Watertown, where they were going door to door and there was a real concern that this fellow might be on the loose, might break into their house, might take hostages -- would people like to have guns?

"Oh, some may have, yes," Feinstein said. "But if where you're going is, do they need an assault weapon? I don't think so."

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Wallace interjected: "Shouldn't they have the right to decide whatever weapon they feel they need to protect themselves?"

"Well, how about a machine gun then? 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.

"And you could 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 that this is applicable. I think there are people that want to make this argument, but 12-gauge shotgun, there are many weapons, 2,000-plus weapons that are available to people for choice without an assault weapon."