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Tue Jun 14, 2016, 10:50 AM

 

Assault Weapons Must Be Banned

By Eugene Robinson
June 14, 2016


WASHINGTON -- The only reasonable response to the massacre in Orlando is to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. All else, I'm afraid, is just noise.

An Islamic State sympathizer was able to go into a gun store days or weeks ago and buy both a pistol and an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle, which he used to kill 49 men and women at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Had he been armed with the pistol alone, he still would have killed people -- but not so many. Keeping military-grade combat weapons out of the hands of maniacs should not be a controversial idea.

No hunter needs an AR-15 to bring down a deer. None of us needs such a weapon to defend our families against intruders. And for those who believe assault rifles offer protection against a hypothetical tyrannical government -- or who perhaps consider the present government a tyranny -- I have sobering news: If and when the black helicopters come, they will be accompanied by tanks.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/06/14/assault_weapons_must_be_banned_130866.html

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 10:52 AM

1. "Why focus exclusively on the guns? Because other proposed solutions would violate the letter and

spirit of the Constitution -- and surely wouldn't work anyway."

Wait, what?

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 10:57 AM

2. I respect the opinion

 

Even though I disagree. It is the misleading statements that make any sort of meaningful discussion difficult - the rifle used in Orlando isn't "military grade" and isn't a "military style" weapon. Hell, what does "military grade" even mean?

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Response to TeddyR (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:31 AM

4. Outrage without specific viable solutions is just more noise.

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Response to TeddyR (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:39 AM

5. "military grade" = Made by the cheapest bidder.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:28 AM

3. You're makin' WAYYYY to much sense! Which tells me NOTHING in the way of common sense gun control is going to come of this tragedy.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 11:41 AM

6. GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE!

They kill 49 people.

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