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  •  Yes, it makes true machine guns and military (9+ / 0-)

    style weapons off limits to civilians without going through a hell of a lot of hoops.  These items are restricted under the NFA.  In order to get one you need to have special permission from law enforcement, pay a tax, register it, and get fingerprinted.  You need a permit to take them across state lines and it also can't be passed down to others.

    The politicians are using a terminology game to scare people.  As the diary pointed out, "assault weapon" was a made up term to generate sales.  If calling them Framistats or Smurf-loogies sold them better, they would be called that instead.

    They are little different than any other gun available to the general public, except for the fact that they look like military equivalent weapons.   I have also seen demonstrations done with standard handguns where people who have trained are able to put a lot of rounds down range and change magazines very quickly.  One of them was a 14 year old girl who happened to be a competition champion.

    •  A smurf-loogie (2+ / 0-)
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      is strangely-colored phlegm hocked up by small, blue cartoon characters. But I'm fine with "framistats", which could be sold at framistations, framistands and framistatmats in your neighborhood and mine.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:30:55 PM PST

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      •  Maybe I should have used the classic (1+ / 0-)
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        do-hickey instead?

        •  do-hickey (1+ / 0-)
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          or don't-hickey. It's all the same to me.

          I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

          by Gentle Giant on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:59:43 PM PST

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          •  Don't Hickey thats a new one to me. (0+ / 0-)

            It could also make a slogan for teenagers :)

            My grandfather used to use the term do-hickey and this thread reminded me of that.  It also reminds me of a funny story.  When I was about 6 years old, one of my uncles took a vacation and when he came back he was talking about and started telling my mom about some "jerk" throwing his luggage around in the baggage area.  At 6 I had no idea what a "jerk" was but I envisioned it being some hairy ape like creature with the face of my school gym teacher.

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