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Old 02-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by Aries Walker View Post
I had a slow day at work today. I had plenty of time to think long and hard about this, and I have the jotted-on Post-Its in my trash can to prove it.

First of all, I said handguns were better for home defense than assault weapons. That's not the same as me saying that they were "one of the best". A small but important difference.

To the main point, Congress and the American people would never stand for a handgun (or even just a semi-automatic handgun) ban. You know that, I know that, everyone here knows that. Therefore, in order to reduce the amount of killings with handguns, we have to use other methods - increased penalties for use of a firearm in a crime, closing that no-background-check gun-show loophole, funding buyback programs, limiting magazine sizes, and actually prosecuting the people who deserve it are all good steps. They're kind of outside the scope of this thread.

But because we can't ban the handguns that do all of that damage, we take what we can. As I said (#2 in my earlier post), an assault weapons ban might pass. A statue that might pass, but would do less, is better than one with no chance, that would theoretically do more. Something is better than nothing.

So, no, I don't think that it's only symbolic or largely ineffective.
You think a hand gun is a better home defense weapon than a shoulder fired rifle?
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