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  •  What is "Gun Control?" (none)
    Gun control is an impossibly vague term. Is it keeping automatic weapons out of the hands of felons with outstanding warrants?  Who would argue with that?

    Or is it regulating and restricting the use of hunting weapons, making someone give up grandpa's old 30-06 rifle, or the pistol in the nitestand they keep for peace of mind and self protection (regardless whether it is ever used or would actually be of help to them)?  That's a sure loser politically, and senseless to boot.

    We've been painted into a corner on gun control. Actually there are many good gun control laws on the books, and the need for more is rather argueable. Fair enforcement would be nice, but more laws won't solve much at this point and if that's so, then why go out on a limb for an issue that achieves little and costs a lot. Maybe good locks on new guns would be a good idea, but it is in no way central to the progressive agenda.

    A liberal is a man so broadminded he wouldn't take his own side in an argument........Robert Frost

    by mjshep on Thu Aug 25, 2005 at 03:20:25 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, and I should clarify (none)
      That I want what the mainstream gun-control organizations (and many Americans) want, namely:

      --A ban on assault weapons that have no hunting or self-defense purpose

      --a waiting period and background checks to purchase guns, in order to make it harder for people with criminal records or mental problems to get them (which we already have, namely the Brady Law)

      --A one-gun-a-month law, with exceptions for legitimate gun dealers

      I haven't decided how I feel about registration.  Bear in mind that the NRA opposes all of these measures AND opposes doing anything to enforce current gun laws (they fight Congressional appropriations of money that would help enforce them).  

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