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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #57)

Tue May 24, 2016, 06:24 PM

60. Perhaps you haven't been following the gun control debate very closely,

but the #1 priority of the U.S. gun control lobby for the past 23 years has been to ban AR-15's and other small-caliber semiauto rifles, and all magazines holding over 10 rounds. A small handful of states (NY, CA, MD) have passed such bans, and their advocates promise to fight for them nationwide. I believe Senator Feinstein has introduced a ban bill every year for the past decade or two. Quite a few in the corporate media (and a few DLC'ers) have even gone so far as to endorse the "Australian model" of forced confiscation.

So, no, I don't think that concerns about rifle handgrip bans or over-10-round magazine bans are unfounded; I can link you to such laws already on the books in those states, and numerous bills filed at the Federal level to do just that.

And as I pointed out, Gore and Kerry both made banning "assault weapons" and over-10-round magazines a huge part of their campaigns, and it hurt them both badly among Dem and indie gun owners (Gore lost his own home state in '00 over that). And such ban proposals are even *less* popular now than they were then.

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