Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gun Law Recommendations

Well, Obama has put his gun law recommendations on the table. They include three legislative initiatives.

Universal Background Checks
The objective here is to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Certainly this makes sense and even the NRA, home of some of the craziest people on earth, agree with this one. The weak point is "legitimate guns" can be stolen. The shooter at Sandy Hook stole the guns from his mother.

Ban on Assault Weapons
No one needs an assault weapon for hunting, skeet shooting or target shooting. A shotgun is more effective for home protection. So why the hell would anyone need an assault weapon? The simple answer is they don't. The complicated answer is no matter how you spin it, an assault weapon ban is an infringement on the right to bear arms. I think it's crazy but I don't see this garnering anywhere near the support required.

Ban on Large Capacity Magazines
Again, no one NEEDS a high capacity magazine for normal weapons related activities. But, again, this is technically an infringement on the right to bear arms, so, again, I don't see it passing unless there is some sort of unexpected outpouring of public support.

I don't see the public support thing working. The American public has too short of an attention span. I'm expecting this whole effort to pretty much go no where  except, maybe, for the universal background checks.

Still, like the man said, you have to try. We owe it to the Sandy Hook children to at least try but I'm not terribly confident the effort will succeed and that's a goddamned disgrace.

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