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  •  Anyone who thinks the general citizenry (16+ / 0-)

    needs to have a weapon such as that shown in the video is just nuts.

    I'm sorry, but the firepower of that weapon is clearly more "military" than not and simply does not belong in the hands of every person with $1000 to buy one.

    There has always been a line between military weaponry and small handheld pistols or rifles or shotguns.  The question is where we draw the line.

    Bazookas?  No. Grenades?  No. Stinger missiles? Hell no.  Machine guns?  No.  (some say, "well, what do you mean? Fully auto or semi auto, blah, blah?" My answer is "No.")

    That weapon was a semi-automatic.  Did it seem like he had to pause much between shots which could have killed two police officers, armed, in body armor, and trained for confrontation?  No.

    That's simply over the line in my opinion.  That's why an assault weapons ban was passed under Clinton and why we should have one today.

    Self defense in the home can be done with a 12 gauge shotgun. Or a S&W 38 revolver. IF you really, really think you need it, which you - statistically - don't.

    There's no need for that kind of firepower shown in the video to be walking around the streets. None.  "Fun to shoot at the range" is no reason at all.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat May 04, 2013 at 05:17:48 PM PDT

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