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. I’ll 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 “gun culture” can possibly defend something called “assault weapons”.
Wondering where this was followed up in the article?.? Talking about the NRA demonizing Obama amounted to about to 2% of the article. That's fine considering this is more about the ban and it's failures, but this guy makes a point to identify himself as a liberal and then does nothing to support that point of view. All "liberal" points are just set-ups for the counterpoint.
If gun control advocates want to actually have meaningful discussion and debate about the “assault weapon” and “high capacity” ban, they MUST address these questions:
- Why ban cosmetic features? Collapsible stocks should be banned. And none of the modifiers mentioned are purely cosmetic.
- Why ban guns used in a mere 2% of crime? Why ban grenades?
- Why base gun control legislation on rare and statistically insignificant mass shootings to begin with? Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Point taken though, let's think bigger.
- Why ban magazines that have been consistently sized since their invention? Because they were consistently sized too big.
- 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)? It's still better than a 50 rd magazine.
- 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 ban’s expiration? So that today's 6-yr old John Holmes has to do more than drive to Walmart to accumulate his arsenal 15 years from now.
I get it, the "assault weapons" ban was a failure. So the real discussion is, where do we go from here???
Where we go is the city of Impasse, where scrutinizing NRA would own enough real estate to merit half of his thesis.