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  •  You may not realize, (7+ / 0-)

    but Connecticut considers the Sig 522 an assault weapon.

    It is a rifle that shoots the .22 lr round, it simply has the audacity of having a pistol grip, an adjustable length buttstock and a removable magazine to qualify as such.

    It is black, it looks like it's big brother, the Sig 556, which does fire an intermediate round, but it still in essence is a .22 plinker the same as the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22.

    "I know it when I see it" type of legislation is idiotic.  There are real answers out there, and until both sides start talking about fundamentals... well, there isn't going to be any useful change of anything.

    Do not get me wrong, I fully support a free wheeling open discussion, I think that once we all get down to brass tacks, some meaningful, long overdue change can be embraced by this country, that we can all be proud of and thankful for.

    I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

    by wretchedhive on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 06:11:30 PM PST

    •  I know (1+ / 0-)
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      my proposal is far from perfect and leaves a lot of holes. But I believe that any measure that could modify the current culture is good.

      The core of the problem is that combat weapons are now seen as being cooler than sporting arms. They look a lot like Transformers, the old and still popular children's toys, and they are everywhere in all the popular media.

      Most shooters will never become killers, of anything including game, but the guns go along with the camouflage, night vision goggles, body armor, and all that other cool stuff.

      Something has to be done to reduce the cool factor in a way that does not interfere with the Constitution and all of the gun nut arguments, most of which are exaggerations with a core of truth in them.

      A luxury tax is something these enthusiasts can gripe about, but we already have laws in existence and, as we saw in the Supreme Court decision on Health Care, is something that is less arguable in court. It is something that is a first step, where it seems no first step exists at the moment.

      There will always be plunkers. Let them use traditional sporting arms with .22 shorts, just as they have for many decades.

      Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

      by Idaho07 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:46:11 PM PST

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    •  It is like people who own Pitbulls. (4+ / 0-)

      Why own a pitbull when you can have a coon hound, or a lab, or a retriever?

      It is about image,and the desire to be the meanest Motherfucker in the valley.

      Many pitbulls are adorable pets,but they were bred to be fighters.

      AR15's might be fun to shoot, but they were bred to kill people.

      •  Not quibbling, I have a rescued coonhound (0+ / 0-)

        that due to his upbringing is far more unpredictable and potentially dangerous than any pitbull I've ever met in my life.  I'd never allow him to be in the presence of strangers unless I was personally holding his leash and had him muzzled.  I'm sorry to say, but I have to consider him as I would a loaded gun, and will have to make a tough decision when we decide to have kids.

        I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

        by wretchedhive on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:01:46 AM PST

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      •  I don't own a gun but do own a pitbull and I am (0+ / 0-)

        a total wuss.

        I don't fit your stereotype at all.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:32:29 PM PST

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