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  •  ...because AR-15's were the guns used in... (5+ / 0-)

    ...Aurora and Sandy Hook. Not too hard to understand the desire to get this type of weapon banned to be sold in the future...

    I never understood why Democrats and Liberals focused so much on AWB

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

    by paradise50 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:43:41 AM PDT

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    •  I understand the desire, even if I disagree (5+ / 0-)

      My point is it was never going to happen. Why focus so much on something that never had a chance of passing? Why focus on something so divisive? Why not focus on an area with overwhelming public support from all political spectrums?

      "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

      by Texas Lefty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:52:04 AM PDT

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      •  Not to mention the SCOTUS declarations against (1+ / 0-)
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        both banning a class of guns and against those in common use.  The only reason that some states have these laws tentatively on the books is because of how the legal process works in this nation: a law is a lawn until it's not, meaning it is assumed valid until it is struck down or repealed.

        •  The class at issue in Heller... (4+ / 0-)

          ...was much larger than the ones covered by the AWB. And with all the exceptions in the AWB, it's very, very hard to make the case that it was a class prohibition. You can claim the prohibitions are arbitrary, but not really that they're class-encompassing to the degree that the handgun regulations at issue in Heller were.

          "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

          by JR on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:12:48 AM PDT

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      •  Single Payer never had a chance in hell of (1+ / 0-)
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        passing either but a vocal group of DKos members certainly thought that the President and Democrats should have fought harder for it.  Is there a difference?

        I've been coming to DKos since May 2008 and I still don't have a sig line. Oh well.....

        by CrissieP on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 03:43:28 PM PDT

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        •  Very similar, yes (0+ / 0-)

          I actually support single payer, but I knew it had no chance of passing, so I figured the best option would be for Democrats to support something that could get done like Obamacare.  It's similar to gun regulation. Obama and other Dems put a lot of political capital into health care, which probably cost him in other areas like jobs, financial reform, and immigration.  I'm afraid that too much of a push on new gun regulations will hurt other areas that we need to focus on, much like health care did in 2009.  

          "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

          by Texas Lefty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:48:09 PM PDT

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