Originally Posted by Aries Walker
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.
There you go. You thought long and hard and you came up with the slogan of these legislators. "We Take What We Can." Even when we know that what we are doing won't solve any problems, We Take What We Can. Even as day-to-day hand gun violence rages through the streets of Chicago, We Take What We Can. Even as (or because) people are still emotionally raw from an unusually rare tragedy, We Take What We Can. This is the kind of thinking that gives birth to the goofy "Ban Hammers" and "Ban Cars" internet memes. Because when legislators use that as their rallying cry, We Take What We Can, we know how much they can take, and we know that they are doing nothing to solve the problem. They will just continue taking whatever we allow them to take. It won't stop because they'll never solve it this way. War on poverty. War on drugs. War on terror. War on guns. No thanks. I'm not willing to go yet another round of pretending that we are on a war footing because our delinquent politicians can't solve any problems or actually get anything done.