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  •  Assault weapons are not exactly a red herring, but (4+ / 0-)

    if there is any one class of weapons the elimination of which would do the most to reduce gun violence it would be handguns. The attention being paid to assault weapons seems to be obscuring that.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:42:21 AM PST

    •  I agree with this (3+ / 0-)
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      We need to look more broadly rather than dealing just with assault weapons and be done with it.

    •  I understand... (3+ / 0-)

      and that's why I quoted Obama at the top of this diary. It has the appearance of being a big fight over a small thing, although anyone touched by the rash of mass shootings courtesy of assault weapons might have a different opinion.

      Whatever we end up doing, handguns aren't going to end up banned. I might like to see that, eventually, but it's not going to be this year. Even if the NRA claims as much to drum up money and support. The universal background check is a measure that could affect gun violence via handguns.

      “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: 'More guns,' you’ll claim, 'are the NRA’s answer to everything!'" -- Wayne LaPierre

      by tytalus on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:49:11 AM PST

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    •  Amen (3+ / 0-)
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      "if there is any one class of weapons the elimination of which would do the most to reduce gun violence it would be handguns. The attention being paid to assault weapons seems to be obscuring that."

      Amen.

      We're going to have a big drawn out fight on an issue that just won't make a difference.  That is not reality-based.  IF we're going to have the fight, have it on the REAL issues, not whether one group of guns look dangerous while ignoring another group of guns that don't look, but are, just as dangerous.

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