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Gun Control´s Potemkin Village
Reason Magazine, by Steve Chapman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/19/2013 5:01:25 AM

Political trends come and go in response to events. Gun control was the rage during the Clinton administration, but over the past decade or so it became an obsolete cause. After the horrific crimes in Newtown and Aurora, though, it´s staging a comeback. One thing hasn´t changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address. They are Potemkin remedies—presentable facades with empty space behind them. This is something that supporters as well as opponents labor to conceal.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/19/2013 5:19:24 AM     (No. 9125821)

Here´s the problem. Honest gun owners don´t want to throw away a chunk of their life in jail,much less suffer the embarrassment of being a criminal. On the other hand a criminal couldn´t care less if they go to jail because they´ll at least get 3 hots and a cot.They don´t have an alternative future so they accept the risk.

Even though school shootings are a crime on paper,they´re not a crime of gain like burglars or robbers.If you do a drive by shooting over a bad drug deal or stolen GF,the imagined gain is getting even.

To these people getting "dissed" is a legitimate reason to kill someone. However if you´re in your bedroom and come out and shoot a burglar,you´re a fundamentalist gun nut who should have just called the cops.

Because you defended yourself and family that makes you wish slavery was still legal.That´s what the left is saying.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/19/2013 7:15:11 AM     (No. 9125905)

FTA:"The chief effect will be on law-abiding people who are accustomed to buying guns from friends and fellow enthusiasts. Maybe the added cost and trouble will pay off by disarming some career crooks and homicidal maniacs."
The writer has no idea of the ´cost and trouble" of this plan as it will redound to anyone who thinks they can enforce it.
Our county sheriff went on TV yesterday and stated that he will not be enforcing any of the Executive Orders or legislation pertaining to the size or style of firearms or ammunition . He stated unequivocally that he will not violate the oath he took to protect and defend the constitution. I would like to see a grassroots effort to ask all chief law enforcement officials to state their position accordingly.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Observer177, 1/19/2013 8:36:51 AM     (No. 9126001)

As has been noted before, Obama is the best friend the firearms industry has ever had.

Just out of curiosity last night I browsed through a couple of websites of companies that sell guns and ammo on the Internet, major companies that have quite a lot of stock which is usually readily available.

All had unusual announcements on their front pages telling customers that they were swamped, and wouldn’t be able to deliver merchandise for several weeks instead of the usual few days, and all of them were essentially sold out of common calibers of their very deep ammunition inventory. That is a lot of ammo!

One article I noticed in the last few days said that in the last two months alone, Americans had bought enough firearms and ammunition to equip both the Egyptian and Indian armies (http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/americans-buy-enough-guns-in-last-two-months-to-outfit-the-entire-chinese-and-indian-army/) .


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Reply 4 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/19/2013 9:29:25 AM     (No. 9126144)

All the people saying gun control doesn´t have a chance are the exact same people who oh-so-confidently predicted a Romney win. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Axeman, 1/19/2013 9:51:35 AM     (No. 9126201)

While it´s true that the gun grabber´s efforts would have no effect on the problems they are sensationalizing, they would have an enormous effect on our liberty. Opponents of the gun grab effort are not laboring to conceal that.

Not only is ammo being bought as fast as it is stocked but primers, powder, and bullets for reloading are gone from inventory too. This also happened when Zipp0 was elected the first time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: texaspast, 1/19/2013 10:03:57 AM     (No. 9126230)

No, the rules will achieve what they want - which is to limit access legal people have to firearms ´of a certain type´ and, more importantly to them, enable them to locate those firearms that are held by private citizens when the time comes to round them up.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/19/2013 10:54:00 AM     (No. 9126339)

"The mistakes Obama is making are familiar ones: exploiting misconceptions about guns, exaggerating the value of symbolic actions and presuming that new laws will foil incorrigible lawbreakers. The assault weapons ban was irrelevant to fighting crime before, which is no reason it can´t be irrelevant again."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/19/2013 12:09:14 PM     (No. 9126519)

"One thing hasn´t changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address."

Unless, of course, you´re being attacked and need to defend yourself. What other problems did you have in mind, Steve?

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