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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:53 AM

"Itís not easy being a leftist who loves guns..." [View all]

Itís not easy being a leftist who loves guns. Itís like being a Republican who listens to NPR or supports single payer health care. But being a leftist, I get exposed to all the liberal publications and media that invariably call for gun control every time someone does something stupid with one. Being a gun enthusiast, I also get exposed to the political Rightís oversimplification of those liberals as somehow lacking moral fiber or true appreciation of freedom. Rather than agreeing with both, I tend to end up arguing with both. Itís exhausting to always feel like Iím apologizing for the other ďsideĒ.

This article takes a point of view, but aims to do so in a way that members of both sides of the political spectrum can understand. Iíll try to give some idea as to why we on the political left roll our eyes at the rhetoric of the NRA, and how we in the ďgun cultureĒ can possibly defend something called ďassault weaponsĒ.

We all know the cycle by now: Tragic incident occurs, both sides attempt to use it for their political gain, both sides act shocked that the other would attempt to use it for political gain, insults are flung, statistics are cherry-picked, rinse, repeat.
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http://kontradictions.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/why-not-renew-the-assault-weapons-ban-well-ill-tell-you/

Fairly lengthy blog read from a few months ago, but especially relevant right now.

He ends with some hard-hitting questions:

- Why ban cosmetic features?
- Why ban guns used in a mere 2% of crime?
- Why base gun control legislation on rare and statistically insignificant mass shootings to begin with?
- Why ban magazines that have been consistently sized since their invention?
- How would banning these magazines have saved lives, given that all a shooter needs is multiple magazines and 3 seconds of time (i.e. Cho)?
- How will a ban on either these weapons or magazines reduce crime, since there are many millions of them legal and available anyway, especially since production has ramped up after the banís expiration?

Why and how indeed.

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