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  •  A nice symbolic gesture (0+ / 0-)

    But won't have any teeth until all other states enact similar laws.  As a practical matter, gun control is only as effective as the laxest laws in nearby states.  I people can't buy the magazines they want in Connecticut, they will buy them in Vermont or Pennsylvania or Virginia.  The Mexican drug cartels have massive stockpiles of weapons, despite Mexico's strict gun laws, because they can just hop over the boarder and get them in Arizona.  If gun control measures are actually going to work, they need to be federal.

    "If you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. If you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies"

    by Donkey Hotey on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 05:13:21 PM PDT

    •  they work best when federal (1+ / 0-)
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      but there is decent data from CA that state level laws work also.

      A mistake to simply dismiss.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:39:32 PM PDT

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      •  One slight difference between the two (0+ / 0-)

        In Connecticut you really don't have to go far to get to another state.  Vermont is only a couple hours away.  CA is so big that it's harder to get to another state.  It's like having different gas or sales taxes.  People from PA and NY will buy gas in NJ because it's cheaper, and it's a close drive from Philly of New York.  Delaware gets a lot of business from surrounding states because it has no sales tax.  Montana gets less benefit from no sales tax, and Alaska gets almost none, because people have to travel further to take advantage.

        "If you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. If you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies"

        by Donkey Hotey on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:46:02 PM PDT

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