Debate answer on assault weapons ban could cause problems for Obama – President Obama may have been tossing a bone to his base, but one answer in the second presidential debate could come back to haunt him with a key voter group — gun owners. When asked what the administration has done or plans to do to limit assault weapons at the Oct. 16 debate, Obama said part of the solution to gun violence “is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.” That comment caught fire with gun owners.