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  •  As usual, you are absolutely correct. (17+ / 0-)

    I think this has been brought up repeatedly.  Any law that is unenforceable is worthless.  

    I have said this before: The 18th Amendment was based in  idealism, but was a total failure because it was unenforceable.  All it did was give us millions of scofflaws, billions in lost taxes on alcohol, created the Mafia and did not do a damn thing to keep people from drinking.

    We see modern parallels in current drug laws, for anyone who is paying attention.  

    Any law passed needs to be enforceable, within the bounds of what law enforcement agencies can handle, and have the support of the general populace.  That was the essence of what I was trying to get across in my comments in twigg's thoughtful diary.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:17:39 AM PST

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    •  We have a winner! And now you get the point (3+ / 0-)
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      KVoimakas, Cedwyn, Otteray Scribe

      behind my diary post about universal background checks, that without more draconian measures that will have serious opposition the concept lacks teeth.  We need to approach the situation differently.  That won't happen until people stop screaming for more laws and start listening.

    •  The key to making anything enforceable. . . (0+ / 0-)

      (or one key at least) is to untie the ATF's hands. It's ridiculous that they can't keep databases and so forth. The 2nd Amendment offers none of that protection and pandering to the NRA has cut their legs off for too long.

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