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  •  Many people do not understand the difference (10+ / 0-)

    between firearms and ordnance.  Missiles and cannons are ordnance.  I know some cannons are in private hands, but I understand there have to be special permits.  A friend of mine has three fully automatic weapons.  Two Thompson submachine guns and a M-16 Vietnam era "Black Rifle." He is both a psychiatrist and lawyer, and said he had to go through a more thorough background check to get a tax stamp for those than he did when he got a security clearance in the Army.  

    A while back, on a legal blog, there was a lot of breathless excitement because some guy was trying to buy an F-5 fighter plane.  I pointed out that is not illegal, and one can buy a Mig-21 supersonic Russian fighter for less than a hundred grand, and that will come with an extra engine.  Some guy in the Midwest recently acquired a Mig-29, which is one of the premier fighter planes in the world.  I have a picture around here somewhere of me at the controls of the B-29 FIFI, which is owned by the Commemorative Air Force. Of course, the machine guns, missiles and bombs on all those airplanes are either disabled, removed completely, or look-alike dummies.

    I have no idea how one is going to get the genie back in the bottle vis a vis high cap mags.  There are a gazillion of them out there, and you can even buy them at flea markets.  Most of them are crap, and jam easily.  I have no use for them.  I went back and read up on the guy who shot up the primary school in Dunblane, Scotland.  I had thought he used a shotgun, but it turned out he had four pistols.  He shot sixteen kids and their teacher, before using the last bullet on himself.  Those pistols were standard off-the-shelf weapons.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:01:47 AM PST

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    •  I understand the difference between the two (8+ / 0-)

      And no, I don't believe that any law will stop everything.

      The discussion moves past that into what is the answer and would moving the line mean it would be much, a little, or no difference in the number of these event. Not just the massacres but the daily gun violence we somehow so readily accept.

      Dunblane: Guessing there are also anecdotes where a person went into a location with a gun and was stopped by a person with a concealed weapons permit.

      Guess my hope is that they do move the line AND make this a less violent society. But I don't see how LaPierre's speech today made me or my family any safer.

      Thanks for the discussion.  

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