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  •  The majority also couldn't tell me what the law is (3+ / 0-)
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    andalusi, Hangpilot, annecros

    If I asked people what federal and their state's gun laws are and then how these laws should be changed, I would not be suppressed to learn that most everyone does not know current law or enough about firearms to make good policy.  

    I would learn that the public in Maryland wants a waiting period before taking possession of a pistol.  Its already the law.  I would learn that the public wants a ban on machine guns, we already effectively have one nationwide (there are ~250,000 and the registry is closed, one costs about $3,000 up to $20,000+).  I would learn that pistol grips are for shooting from the hip (not true, they are to allow a straight stock that allows the body to better absorb recoil).  I would also learn that Glocks are all plastic and cannot be detected via metal detectors (not true) and that shooting someone with a .45 will knock them 10 feet away from the shooter (also not true).

    In short, I would lean that the public knows more about movies than about guns.  

    Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

    by DavidMS on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:24:49 PM PST

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    •  This in a nutshell (3+ / 0-)
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      Hangpilot, annecros, DavidMS

      So many people calling for gun control forget we already have gun control and that in many cases---such as the ones you listed---the law already restricts what they're asking to be restricted.

      Reinstating the AWB's restrictions on AR-15s and magazines that hold more than ten rounds, of course, is the big exception. But I don't think most people realize how ineffective the AWB was or what an AR-15 actually is, and even here on the Daily Kos, there are some how are actually proud of being willfully ignorant about a subject that they nevertheless want to heavily restrict.

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