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  •  There are some problems with the analogy (1+ / 0-)
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    E.g. development of sophisticated printing didn't stop all the world's government from regulating currency and continuing to print paper money. Yes, there are still sophisticated criminals who specialize in counterfeit currency. So what?

    Development of the telegram, development of the telephone, development of radio, TV, and the internet did not make prior regulations on the First Amendment totally useless. Yes, there are determined criminals who will continue to use these tools to recruit minors and market child pornography. So what should we do? Give up on regulating pornography? Should we just give up trying to restrict pornography distribution to adults only?

    New technology means anyone can make and publish their own X-rated videos now (on violence or sex). Does that mean we should abandon regulations on distribution of same? Just because some assholes now use their own sex tapes in growing market for revenge porn? Of course not!

    It's hard for me to find anything here that doesn't point straight to that central square on the Bingo card, "That won't work!"

    Is the purpose of this diary to inform and inspire new solutions? Or is the purpose to inform about new technology and discourage current efforts to tighten up loose gun laws?

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 05:40:10 PM PDT

    •  The purpose of the diary (5+ / 0-)

      If every civilian firearm in the United States disappeared overnight, everything in the diary would still be valid. The problem of people who want to misuse firearms would still be there, and the ability make them easily and anonymously would still be there, and on a technological curve that is making it easier, cheaper and more reliable.

      Remember that the diary is based on a story from England, where they are worried about exactly this problem...and they already have extremely strict gun control. Australia is concerned about the potential problem as well.

      You seem to fall squarely into the "regulate buggy whips" category. The diary has nothing to do with regulating existing conventionally manufactured firearms, except to point out that those who focus solely on that are ignoring an approaching light at the end of the tunnel.

      If we were having this discussion in 1893, I would be pointing out that the Borchardt C93 is one ugly impractical pistol, but if they can make it a smaller, lighter and more reliable, that's going to put a huge amount of firepower in people's hands and change the way people view handguns forever. And your response would be:

      It's hard for me to find anything here that doesn't point straight to that central square on the Bingo card, "That won't work!"
      If you choose not to acknowledge an approaching problem that no amount of regulation or bans will do anything about, then don't be surprised when regulations or bans fail to do anything about it.

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