"Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry issued a statement before Cheney's address, saying 'most voters don't know that [Bush and Cheney] are standing against major police organizations and breaking their promise to renew the assault weapons ban -- which helps keep military-style assault weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists." cnn.com I ask . . . will an assault weapons ban really keep them out of the hands of terrorists and criminals? Since the ban has been in place for, I don't know how long, and it still seems that terrorist and criminals still have access to them and will use them. While not renewing the ban will make it easier to access the assault weapons, it will not deter any criminals and terrorists from obtaining and using them.