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  •  Obvious difference between bomb (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    and gun is that a person can set a bomb, or several bombs and then get out of the way...it's not so easy to operate a machine gun remotely, a shooter has to be present.  But using the term "weapon of mass destruction" for either is verbal overkill--don't see why they can't just call it an anti-personnel explosive device or some phrase that adequately describes the thing without making it sound like a nuke.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:20:55 PM PDT

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    •  a bomb goes boom, a gun shoots things (2+ / 0-)
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      TheLizardKing, misslegalbeagle

      when you pull the trigger.  this is not complicated stuff.

      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        a bomb goes boom, and how the bomb is made doesn't define it half so much as the going boom part.

        Sometimes people read too much into a word.  If a word is not explicitly defined by the statute, the courts look to the common meaning of a word frst.  I don't think many people are confused by this and would not know it was illegal under that statute to pack a pressure cooker with powder, nails, etc., and rig it with a charge and set it off to go boom.  And that is how the court will look at 'overbroad'.  

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