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  •  Thank you for the reasoned response. (8+ / 0-)

    I am not familiar with the technical distinction between assault rifles and assault weapons. Shouldn't BOTH be regulated? Or banned completely from being in civilian hands?

    So, I'd start with that: ban the sale of all assault weapons and rifles to civilians.

    And I'd pass laws to strictly regulate gun shows. Get rid of the damn loopholes. Impose the same rules as are imposed on the sale of guns and ammo at shops. If that's not possible, then ban gun shows.

    And I'd ban the sale of extended magazines. Simply not necessary for self defense or sport shooting. (I won't pretend to offer an exact definition. I'm not a gun expert. I'm sure many others can be more specific.)

    Would that be enough? Probably not. But perhaps a good start?

    The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

    by flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:34:04 AM PST

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    •  rec'd for a reasoned reply and substance. n/t (7+ / 0-)
    •  Several issues here. (1+ / 0-)
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      1. Rifles and shotguns of all types are used in less than 3% of gun crime.  So called "assault rifles" make up a small fraction of that 3%.  So they really aren't a statistically significant problem.

      2. The term "assault weapon" is a lie.  It's intended to make you think this is a fully automatic machine gun, which they aren't.  They function no differently than any other semi-auto rifle, they simply have slightly different ergonomics and styling, and are a bit more modular than "traditional" rifles.  They are no more lethal when used as weapons; less lethal actually, as they generally use calibers/chamberings of ammo far less powerful than most mid-to-large size game hunting rifles.  (And all of those "traditional" hunting rifles, semi-auto and bolt actions alike, can be directly traced to a prior military design.)  They can be used for hunting small-to-medium sized game just fine and are becoming very common in that part of firearms usage.  

      3. Banning them will merely create another black market.  And nothing says "increased crime rates" like adding to the black market.

      4. The laws inside a gun show are exactly the same ones outside a gun show and at every gun store.  Every single one.  There are no "loopholes".

      5. "Simply not necessary for self defense or sport shooting."  Uh, sex who, and based on what criteria and evidence?  Every high-profile crime I can recall where an extended magazine was used, the magazine jammed.  They are not, usually, particularly reliable, and rarely used in crimes.

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