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  •  I am a gun owner (24+ / 0-)

    For many years the posture of the NRA has seemed to me not reflective of the four million gun owners they claim to represent. 74% of the NRA membership agrees that assault weapons and high capacity clips have no business in the hand of civilians. The combination of mental illness and violence  is well known. The plan is to avoid a mentally ill person from availing itself of a weapon capable of injuring many people in a short period of time, and because of the nature of the weapon and type of projectile and muzzle velocity almost a guaranteed kill.  

    •  Off topic, just a terminology discussion .. (1+ / 0-)
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      The term "high capacity clips" is probably technically incorrect, and the more appropriate term would be "high capacity magazines".

      Clips hold cartridges together in order to facilitate loading them into a magazine, usually into what is called an internal magazine, such as those in World War I military rifles.

      Generally, a magazine is basically an open topped metal box, with a spring at the bottom, into which cartridges are loaded prior to the magazine being inserted into a slot in the bottom of a rifle as a single unit.

      Here is a link to a technical discussion of the topic:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/..._(ammunition)

      Nothing in this comment is intended to be disruptive of the excellent content of AViliamil's comment.

      Eradicate magical thinking

      by Zinman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:37:07 PM PST

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      •  Here is a better reference from Wikipedia: (2+ / 0-)
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        wasatch, native

        A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm. This speeds up the process of loading and reloading the firearm as several rounds can be loaded at once, rather than one round being loaded at a time. Several different types of clips exist, most of which are made of inexpensive metal stampings that are designed to be disposable, though they are often re-used.
        The term clip is commonly used to describe a firearm magazine, especially in newspapers, movies, and on television. Because of this usage, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now defines a clip as "a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also :a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm". However, this usage is technically incorrect. In the correct usage, a clip is used to feed a magazine or revolving cylinder, while a magazine or a belt is used to load cartridges into the chamber of a firearm. In essence, the clip stores the rounds of ammunition before being inserted into the magazine, which houses the clip inside for use by the firearm. Most weapons that use clips, such as the M1 Garand as seen above, utilize the clip by loading it directly into the firearm.[1]

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:54:45 PM PST

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    •  NRA membership (1+ / 0-)
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      wasatch

      Since NRA is not actually reflecting your views, consider resigning your membership. Even George H W Bush did.

      -5.38, -2.97
      The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

      by ChuckInReno on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:44:13 AM PST

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      •  I was thinking the opposite. If enough sane people (1+ / 0-)
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        join the NRA, they can turn Wayne LaPierre out of office.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:45:30 AM PST

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