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  •  I'm not sure that (4+ / 0-)

    the police are gonna like having all of their guns taken away...

    Your end of the Constitution is sinking.

    by happymisanthropy on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:09:08 AM PDT

    •  Wrong (8+ / 0-)

      No bill has even come close to suggesting the "police" would not be able to have assualt-style weapons. In fact it is generally the police who support a ban on these weapons by ordinary citizens...they are the ones most at risk when they have to confront some nut who has them along with hundreds of bullets to reload.

      •  Gee, and here I thought (5+ / 0-)

        that handguns were the major firearms used to commit crime...why haven't "the police who support a ban on these weapons by ordinary citizens" sought a ban on handguns?

        Oh, maybe, "ordinary citizens" don't commit crimes?

        As noted above,  "Feinstein's AWB was a really dumb start".

        "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

        by EdMass on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:48:23 AM PDT

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      •  why not? (3+ / 0-)
        No bill has even come close to suggesting the "police" would not be able to have assualt-style weapons.
        How do you reconcile that with the diary's title?
        RETAINING ASSAULT WEAPONS HAS NO RATIONAL BASIS
        What you really mean is that retaining assault weapons in the hands of the peasant class has no rational basis, while retaining assault weapons in the hands of the samurai class does have a rational basis.

        However, I reject the idea that we should have a samurai class with rights superior to the people they supposedly serve and protect.  

        Even if we ultimately decide to make exceptions for the samurai class in our laws, it should never go without saying that they will get an exception to every law that is passed.

        And no, police officers in the US will never support a law that prevents them from keeping private semiautomatic arms at home or bearing semiautomatic arms when they are off duty.

        Your end of the Constitution is sinking.

        by happymisanthropy on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:07:36 AM PDT

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        Why do the police need them?

        When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

        by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 05:17:23 PM PDT

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