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  •  The absurd part (2+ / 0-)
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    Is trying to declare a tube with a spring in it to be contraband and calling it an "assault weapon".

    Since owning parts for an "assault weapon" is itself illegal, the law taken literally would allow locking someone up for owning a spring.

    •  It's more complicated than that (0+ / 0-)

      It's specifically designed to fit only one purpose, and thus the ban.  You can't just put a box with a spring in it and have it work; it's engineered to serve only one purpose, as an extension of a weapon.

      And bans of items for any purpose are really within government provisions as long as the populace consent.  

      It's a bit like saying:  "I don't understand why Kansas bans Bottlerockets but they allow for Roman candles and M80s".   Well, they do because that's how the law was crafted and that's what people agreed to.

      And that's the only thing that matters.  :)

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:20:16 PM PST

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      •  Banning the gun was enough; (0+ / 0-)

        banning clips was ridiculous overkill.  One could own 1,000 clips but they'd all be useless without the right gun to load them into.  The government may have had the power, but exercising it to this degree was just idiocy.

        Still, Gregory was a bigger idiot in that he could have just held up a picture.  Now he's made a fool of himself, and whether or not he's actually charged (which he should be), he'll spend a boatload of money in attorney's fees.  And shot himself in the foot, so to speak, PR-wise too.  NBC is probably not too happy, either.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 08:19:58 PM PST

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