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  •  Phil, do you realize (8+ / 0-)

    that probably more than half the weapons out there are semi-automatics? The technology has been around for a hundred years. There are countless makes and models of semi-automatic shotguns and hunting rifles, all legal, all widely used for many years. Never mind pistols. How will banning them solve this problem? How will they be removed from citizen hands quickly and efficiently? We're talking tens of millions of guns, nearly all unregistered. It's simply not going to happen.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:40:29 PM PST

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    •  I'll stipulate that I'm poorly-versed (5+ / 0-)

      in firearm terminology.

      We all know the sort of weapon I'm referring to though: a gun that fires a great many bullets very very quickly, and has little purpose other than maximizing casualties in a minimal amount of time.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 01:40:12 PM PST

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      •  Again, that description (9+ / 0-)

        could be applied to half the guns out there, most of which are hunting weapons. That's why the AWB was ineffective: the difference between an assault weapon and a hunting rifle are almost entirely cosmetic.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 01:53:34 PM PST

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      •  We actually do not know the sort of firearm (6+ / 0-)

        you are referring to -- and that is one of the critical problems associated with the "Assault Weapons Ban."  

        As Happy Camper points out, the semi-automatic function (and removable/replaceable magazine) is a basic characteristic of a very wide range of rifle, shotgun and handgun designs today.  Those who appreciate this important technical point therefore often conclude the AWB concerned more with arbitrary cosmetics and semantics than actual operational function and regulatory efficacy.

        The AWB is seriously flawed precisely because it is superficially appealing to those who might be less informed about this important technical point, however deeply and legitimately concerned ban advocates might be on the "gun control" issue.  

        However, as this Diary correctly suggests, we can identify positive correlations with several significant underlying social problems.  This clearly provides an opportunity to work on common ground  where firearm accessibility (now a more clearly recognized Constitutional right) is such an emotional factor for all sides in the public debate in addressing gun related violence and rights of ownership.

        The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

        by ancblu on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:02:51 PM PST

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