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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:49 PM

8. As far as the assault weapons

I think that instead of concentrating only on individuals we need to ban... whatever passes for assault weapon. Anything that can discharge several shots in a few seconds.

I'm giving up on the semantics of this, but the class of firearms you're describing is much, much broader than I think you think it is; it's essentially every firearm designed in the 20th century, and 80% of guns in private hands. Part of why people like me are so resistant to renewing the assault weapons ban is because it doesn't ban this class of weapons, but just a subset of them based on how they look, so it's a big political hit without actually doing anything about the problem. (Case in point: the weapon Lanza used was legal under the AWB because it lacked a bayonet mount. Yes, really. But attempts to make it "stronger" by catching all the weapons with the capabilities that actually matter keep running into the fact that that's basically every new gun sold and the majority of guns people already own. That's much harder to ban.)

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