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    I grew up in a liberal gun owning household.  Guns were tools. At 16, I went through the steps to get a license to hunt deer.  My father, mother and older brother all hunted. It was a family tradition.   We ate a lot of venison.  

    I actually never hunted because there is only so much venison you can eat.  And I had no need to go out in the cold woods at 4AM for the "thrill" or even just to harvest if the rest of my family wanted to.  The only time I've had a living thing in my gun sights was a squirrel.  And I actually couldn't pull the trigger.  But then again, i wasn't hungry.  And squirrels are pretty cute when they aren't eating your tomatoes.

    Back in the day, in the rural communities I lived in, all trucks had gun racks.  No one blinked an eye to see someone driving down the road with two shotguns in a rack behind their head.  I don't think that is still standard practice but I now live in the city, so I'm not sure.  To put this in perspective, I'm only 40.  This was all happening 30 years ago.

    Personally I'm not sure your approach furthers the goal of gun control.  The hard core gun people will look at this and say that "they want to take all of our guns, even our shot guns".  Which obviously isn't the case.

    Just my thoughts.  I own a shot gun.  When I saw the photo of the "Bushmaster" my first thought was "are you fucking kidding me?!"  I don't think responsible gun owners voluntarily giving up their perfectly acceptable hunting guns might be the best approach here.   Sure, we may not hunt anymore, but giving up these guns may equate it in some way with these assault weapons.  And we don't want that because it fuels the NRAs arguments.  We need to get rid of these video game style guns.  I wish I knew how.  

    "I'll hold my nose and vote but I won't hold my nose and canvass or call or donate." Some Dkos Comment

    by onemadson on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:44:50 PM PST

    •  With all due respect, this isn't a "video style (5+ / 0-)

      gun" problem.  It is a gun problem.  In particular, it is an assault weapon, rapid firing, gun problem.

      It is the kind of weapons designed to kill people efficiently, as soldiers would do, that is the problem.  

      Forbid the sale and possession of these weapons, buy back those already in circulation, and go forward.  

      We had that when we had the Ban on Assault Weapons.  There were fewer of these weapons in circulation, and eventually they would be gone, but NO, Bush, the Lesser, and our idiot congress let that ban sunset.  So here we are here today, starting all over again.

      When will we ever learn?  

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