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  •  he needs to get his facts on the AWB right first (5+ / 0-)

    We DID NOT ban assault weapons and high capacity clips in 2003. I'm not sure what planet he's living on, because that's the year it expired and it was effective at reducing crimes involving these types of weapons.

    His first point makes almost no sense--most of these weapons used in these mass shootings are legal...so they should continue to be legal?

    And his clueless as to the out-of-control assault weapons culture surrounding Newtown, that prevented local police, hunters, and responsible gun owners from discharging weapons near residences, load targets with explosives, setting up unlicensed shooting ranges. People don't get to pretend that that kind of atmosphere isn't a contributing factor or that that kind of recklessness isn't happening elsewhere.

    They have no good reason for owning these kinds of weapons and ammo and they KNOW it.

    •  I agree with all your suggestions, except to say (2+ / 0-)
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      that everyone around here is in a tremendous hurry to have instant results, laws put into effect without either knowledge or attention to detail.  Since, as you say, Obama doesn't know his gun facts and I'm sure that everyone in his cabinet is not yet a gun expert, perhaps the first thing the commission needs is to lay out the facts in no uncertain terms.  Then it would be much easier to promote serious, well-crafted laws and policies (such as yours) that would be effective.  That won't happen if people expect the laws to be on the books before Christmas, absent which is all the proof they need that Obama is a loser and sellout. An immediate start (with his cabinet) and one month, when he demands results, is not unreasonable.

      “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ~ Yann Martel

      by SottoVoce on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:28:55 AM PST

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    •  I didn't say (or at least mean) (0+ / 0-)

      They were banned INITIALLY in 2003. That was the LAST full year they WERE banned.

      And in that year there were 30K gun deaths, including 11K gun homicides, WITH that ban in place.

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