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Response to Bonobo (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:30 PM

21. Huge difference

It's certainly likely that if you could wave a magic wand and instantly make every one of those 270 million guns disappear, that gun violence would drop dramatically. But that is never going to happen and nobody is suggesting any kind of regulatory change that would eliminate a single gun from private ownership, or even eliminate certain types of guns, only some cosmetic features that can be removed and do nothing to influence the functionality of the weapon.

It's both a distraction and a waste of time and energy lamenting what should happen, politics is the art of the possible, and the reality is that the only kind of reform that has a chance of being passed in this climate that may have a tangible impact on gun violence is to pass legislation that would require that all firearms transfers go through an FFL and to require some kind of a firearms owners license that would include a background check and some mental health screening.

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