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  •  I'm no longer an NRA member ... (none)
    ...because I think they cater almost exclusively these days to the macho asshole cohort of their membership, and because they have come down on the wrong side of some issues I support: purchase waiting periods, for instance.

    I think the reasonable members of the NRA would answer your comment by saying they have supported tougher penalties against those who misuse - that is, commit a crime - with a gun. That, in my opinion, is closing the barn door too late, and far more needs to be done in the area of preventing misuse of guns.

    However, we live in a society where guns are easily obtainable, tens of millions of them (too many to confiscate even if that were POLITICALLY feasible to legislate) and thieves, rapists and murderers are ALWAYS going to have access to firearms. Which is one reason I always want a legal right to my own.

    "The President wanted to go into Iraq in the worst possible way. And he did." -- Nancy Pelosi

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Aug 25, 2005 at 08:28:29 PM PDT

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    •  So, there is no hope of keeping (none)
      guns away from the bad guys?  Do you see any movement in this problem?  Are fewer bad guys getting guns, or more?  Is there no technical way to put a stop to this problem even if it takes decades to implement?  Can aging ammo slow down the problem?  

      Can weapons detectors in cars that lock the ignition if an unlicensed weapon is present be of any value?  In other words can you imagine a technological solution that would not be too onerous for legitimate gun-owners, but which would reduce the use of weapons by the bad guys?

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