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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 9/7/2004 4:08:39 AM EST
Typical, knowingly innacurate BS.
Note: ALL handguns and all semi-auto-mag-fed firearms are illegal in Chicago.

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Quit playing politics with ban on assault weapons

September 7, 2004

How ridiculous is the notion that private citizens should be able to tote machine guns? It takes someone with extreme positions like Alan Keyes to righteously argue that cause. Most Americans -- Democrats and Republicans -- are against claiming Second Amendment protections for these guns and support the federal assault weapons ban.

And yet, less than a week before the ban's 10th-year termination date, precious little is being done by the president or Congress to renew it. This despite President Bush's expressions of support for it and the backing of numerous senators and representatives. In March, the Senate voted to extend the ban but the measure was part of a larger bill that failed.

The stalemate is blamed on presidential politics: "It is no secret that the anti-gun rhetoric used by the Democratic Party and its candidate in 2000, Vice President Al Gore, cost the Democrats dearly," says an article in OutdoorLife magazine linked from the National Rifle Association Web site. Are our leaders going to allow partisan concerns to return us to a time when innocent citizens in fast-food restaurants and schoolyards and factories were gunned down with Uzis and AK-47's and TEC-9 assault pistols? At a time when terrorism is on the rise around the world, are our leaders going to make it easier for terrorists on domestic soil to lay their hands on these rapid-fire weapons of mass destruction? And with gang violence darkening life in inner cities, are we going to make it easier for teenage gang members to acquire these guns?

We have argued for more than an extension of the assault weapons ban. We would like to see it strengthened, as proposed by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Representatives Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) last year in a bill that would arrive at a more rigorous definition of "assault weapons" and close the loopholes in the original ban that allow for parts-conversion kits, hybrids and pre-1994 assault weapons. But at this point, we'd be happy to see the status quo preserved and look to a time after the dust of the election has settled for our representatives in Washington to come to their senses and toughen the law.

There is no good reason for citizens to have these weapons. The arguments that apply to people's right to defend themselves in their homes or go hunting as their fathers and grandfathers have done have no bearing when it comes to Uzis and the like, which liven up action movies with their noise and destructiveness but have no more place in our society than rocket launchers and hand grenades. Gun rights lobbyists who claim most Americans won't even notice when the ban expires are dead wrong. We can hope that message will be delivered to them by the mass sigh of relief that will accompany a renewal of the measure.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 4:10:12 AM EST
sometimes I just hate people.....
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 4:11:45 AM EST
WE"RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! AHH
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 4:18:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
WE"RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! AHH


RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
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