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  •  Of course it would work (3+ / 0-)
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    ChurchofBruce, cocinero, coquiero

    If you do not allow any grandfathering in of banned guns (Nancy Lanza's AR15 was banned under CT law but hers was grandfathered in) and you make the penalties for owning, say, assault weapons and high capacity mags very high (expensive in terms of money and jail time that is mandatory) it can work.
    Of course bad guys are going to still get and use guns but easy access to WMDs is not healthy for our society and everybody but the most ardent gun-fanatic sees it.  Australia could be a good example for the US to follow.  Their example is not perfect but the steps they took reduced their gun violence #s.

    Booze and Drugs (at least some drugs) were not created for the purpose of killing (although of course when used in excess they can and do kill).  Guns are killing machines, especially the military style civilian assault rifles that have become so popular in recent years.

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      Dogs are fuzzy, annieli

      The 5.56 military round is designed to wound. The rounds used by deer hunters are designed to kill. In fact, it's written into most laws that rounds used for hunting game must deform and cause massive trauma.

      The AR is widely vilified despite virtually never being used for criminal purposes.

      If I was banning guns my list would be a lot more effective than yours. And that's not meant as offense. It's just that gun owners and veterans who are left leaning should be leveraged for this. If they aren't you'll get the absurdity of the old AWB which did nothing and was based on aesthetics.

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