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  •  is it as easy to do damage with a glass jar (3+ / 0-)

    and some rags and explosive as with an assault rifle, esp. on the spur of the moment (however long that spur lasts)? Doesn't seem likely.

    Even something as simple and inconvenient as requiring a blister pack for certain drugs commonly used for suicide has dramatically reduced its incidence in England. How many murders with guns of all kinds are similarly spur of the moment acts - even if the moment extends over weeks of nursing a fantasy or a grievance? Even those that are well planned as were the two Colorado mass murders would have been more difficult to execute if buying guns was more difficult and more carefully tracked.

    Those who don't intend to use guns for such activity should not be afraid of reasonable restrictions - they are, IMHO, tarring their reputations as advocates for personal use of guns by their resistance to reasonable and comprehensive controls. Blanket opposition has the same in real life effect as advocacy for random shooting in our cities.

    Hence, anything that makes it more difficult to commit gun-assisted mayhem like "12/14" is a step forward in my book.

    People who are subjected on a daily or nightly basis to smaller scale and less noticed murders in their neighborhoods would probably agree that their right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" should trump an individual's right to own an unlicensed gun. There's nothing about "a well regulated militia" in the current scheme of things. More inner city families are living with these murders every year than are families of American soldiers killed in Iraq in 10 years. What part of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is this?

    Hence, I don't fault Feinstein for trying, tho' I cannot speak to the quality of her bill,  which I have not read.

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    by fhcec on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:03:19 AM PST

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    •  Well, that's just it (3+ / 0-)
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      Those who don't intend to use guns for such activity should not be afraid of reasonable restrictions

      We have very different ideas on what constitutes a reasonable restriction.

      Background check for ammo purchase? Sounds reasonable to me.

      Clamp down on straw purchases? Sounds reasonable to me.

      But it doesn't strike me as a reasonable restriction to make it impossible to buy a magazine fed rifle with a pistol grip and an adjustable stock, particularly when that rifle has so many legitimate uses. Especially when the intention is to give others the illusion of security.

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      by maxomai on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:09:43 AM PST

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