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  •  Kill me for being a broken record, but .... (2+ / 0-)
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    twcollier, oldpotsmuggler

    in addition to taggants, they should add "degraders" to gun powder whether its in or out of bullets.  The idea is to shorten the shelf life of the the gun powder so people would  have to purchase it or bullets more often.  If combined with background checks as for guns it would increase the frequency with which people are screened.  In addition, as Patrick Moynihan once suggested, a high tax, it would make it more difficult to purchase the stuff or the bullet that use it.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:50:16 PM PDT

    •  Liability (0+ / 0-)

      That would last until the first time someone died in a self-defense situation because their gun failed to fire (for whatever reason) and a jury could be convinced it was because of bad gunpowder, and awards a zillion dollar settlement.

      Or a policeman or soldier has expired ammo in their gun by mistake. There are billions of bullets made each year. Mixups would happen.

      •  The odds of either happening are so low that the (0+ / 0-)

        benefit would still greatly outweigh the cost.  No policy/program is perfect and pointing to highly unlikely possibilities is no argument against it.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 05:47:19 AM PDT

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