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  •  It wouldn't. That's the point! (4+ / 0-)
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    Bailey2001, VClib, dewley notid, ancblu

    You will not stop the very rare mass killings.  Never. Ever.

    So expend your political capital preventing tens of thousands of gun deaths rather than wasting time trying to prevent a handful of unpreventable deaths.

    •  Ever....correct. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Indeed... (1+ / 0-)
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      Bon Temps

      ...perhaps the most onerous part of the proposed ban is the 10 round mag limit.

      This will not stop mass killings, although I will acknowledge it might prevent or delay a few of them -- them being a tiny number in the first place and the few that are delayed or stopped being an even tinier number.

      But, if passed, it will cost Democrats dearly in two and four years. Many solid Democrats have >10 round magazines for their handguns (perhaps just a standard magazine that came with their Glock handgun). When they realize that the new AWB made it impossible to get (at least at a reasonable price) a replacement and that the AWB was supported by their Senator or Representative, they will either pick a more conservative candidate in the primaries or vote for the Republican, or just not vote, in the general election.

      This is not a path to get more Progressives into office - it's a way to get Republicans into office. And, all for no benefit except to make those who fear firearms in law abiding hands feel a false sense of security.

      Anyway, this has no chance of getting through both the Senate and the House, so it's mostly a waste of time posturing. I suppose it benefits Diane Feinstein by keeping her in the media -- but I doubt she would be doing this if she really thought it would pass because it's doubtful she wants to be in the minority party in the Senate.

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