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  •  We should hope the Obama-Biden program... (7+ / 0-)

    .. will limit Mr. Fifer's company's ability to develop new products.

    I am surprised that Ruger is stepping out on its own with this and not hiding behind the skirts of the NRA and its political/lobbying arm with secret donors. Or, maybe it's doing both.

    Bring on your form letters; let's take a look at the reasons you offer.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:51:55 AM PST

    •  I'm not sure the feds need to get into limiting (1+ / 0-)
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      product development.  That has serious far-ranging implications.

      •  Remember those knobs you used to be able (2+ / 0-)
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        mamamedusa, sethtriggs

        to mount on your steering wheel? Damned feds had no business limiting our freedom to get our sleeves caught on the steering wheel!

        Wear it proud. Wear it loud. Outlaw concealed carry. That gun hidden under your coat won't deter shit.

        by WisePiper on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:03:17 AM PST

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      •  too late for that (2+ / 0-)
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        the Feds have been regulating products for a long time.  There were no kill switches on lawnmowers and motor bikes when I was a kid.  Seat belts didn't even show up until I was older.    Things we had as kids don't exist because they were deemed unsafe.

        Feds help fund research for some products, giving them an unnatural competitive advantage, etc.

        So we stop gun manufacturers from developing bigger and bigger magazines for civilian use.   We could only hope that killed the industry, not exactly a real threat.

        •  Products need regulating and (1+ / 0-)
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          laws have to be drafted to make them impact the public. My head would have never cracked that windshield if I had my seatbeat on. I was 18 and pregnant. Could have been a disaster and a tragedy if my friend had been driving just a few MPHs faster.

          Today that seems incredibly stupid and irresponsible and it is but back then, the seatbelt laws were new and people's sensibilities hadn't adjusted yet. It took the enforcement of laws to change people as well as the availability of seat belts because I knew people that used to deliberately remove them to be comfortable.

          "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

          by GenXangster on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:17:02 AM PST

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      •  The Feds already do. Drugs, workplace safety,... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... seat belts, packaging - to name a few.

        Less intrusion into innovation and the free market is philosophically ideal, but businesses are far from pure on this. A very large number of businesses embrace government credits, subsidies, grants and tax breaks for specified kinds of innovation and product development. In fact, they and their associations lobby hard for that. Some even urge government enact product specifications and then build their business model accordingly. (E.g. those irritating truck backup alarms.) Moreover, practically every day, we read proof that businesses do not police themselves effectively in many of these areas.

        [I like less regulation, too, as a matter of principle. We can name ones that are counterproductive, outdated, unnecessary and intrusive. Good close scrutiny of government limitations is fine for this Progressive!]

        As for guns, they are inherently dangerous. Gun-owners know this and the responsible ones take precautions. I am not willing to assume that gun and ammo manufactories are going to do product development that will make their products less dangerous. The burden should be on them to prove it.

        2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

        by TRPChicago on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:44:50 AM PST

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