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Reader: If you need a military assault weapon, you really need a penile implant

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Ed Perlmutter.
Representative Ed Perlmutter wants to introduce gun-control legislation on the first day of the new Congress, and is calling for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. Representative Diana DeGette wants to pull the trigger on gun control even earlier -- this week, if possible. She's joined with other Democratic representatives to try to push through a bill to ban high-capacity assault magazines before the end of the 112th Congress.

About time, says boomer 1949:

If you need a semi automatic weapon you what you really need is better treatment for your paranoia.

If you need a thirty round magazine what you really need is more time at the range.

If you need a macho military assault weapon what you really need is a penile implant.

Where do you see these gun-control measures going?

From our archives: "Gun Control: John Hickenlooper calls for debate following Newtown shool shooting."




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hoodkeep
hoodkeep

In closing, I would remind those that support the disarmament of the American public that there are those of us who have more than just a passing interest in the concept of freedom as it relates to firearms, including people like myself. I am a law enforcement officer and the descendant of a Lexington Minuteman. For me the right to keep and bear arms is less a vague intellectual concept than it is a birthright.

I have twice taken an Oath which includes a part which reads "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same".

Congress and Federal Officials take an Oath with similar wording, yet it seems they are the first to treat the Oath like any other campaign promise - just words they said to someone to get them into the chair, with no intention to follow through.

If any of them intend to violate the document upon which this great nation is based and eliminate what has been found by the highest court in the land to be an individual right -even incrementally - then there will be others like myself who will take serious issue with their conduct. I hope that they keep that in mind as they weigh the decisions they make over the next months.

hoodkeep
hoodkeep

Third, even the proponents of these laws say that if the laws had been in place, they would not have stopped the tragedy that they now use as a basis to push these restrictions.

SO WHY IMPLEMENT LAWS YOU KNOW WILL NOT WORK?

Unless the answer isn't about controlling crime at all. As Charles Krauthammer wrote in 1996:

Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic -- purely symbolic -- move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.

hoodkeep
hoodkeep

Secondly, while there have been several true tragedies that have resulted from the criminal use of firearms, there are hundreds of thousands of examples of gun uses that never get the headline and banner treatment that a Eureka or Columbine do. Those examples are the uses of guns by law abiding citizens to stop crime, often before it is carried out. A number of studies from a variety of sources have shown that lawfully owned firearms are used anywhere from 1.5 to 3 million times each year, the majority causing the criminal to stop without a shot ever being fired – thus the lack of headline-worthy news. While a small percentage of guns – most stolen, obtained illegally or possessed by people already prohibited from doing so – account for the guns used in crimes, the vast majority of firearms in America sit quietly and lawfully in closets, cases and shelves and harm no person, year after year after year.

hoodkeep
hoodkeep

Boomer - and the rest of the people who would see us disarmed - need to remember a few things.

First, while proclaimed as being "for the common good" or "common sense" and being casually dismissed by many of the intelligentsia who support such plans, one cannot ignore that actions from imprisonment of dissidents all the way to mass executions followed in quick succession after“gun control” in places from the Soviet Union and Germany in the 20’s and 30’s to Guatemala, Cuba, Uganda and Rwanda as recently and the 60’s through the 80’s, and Zimbabwe as we enter the new millennium.

hoodkeep
hoodkeep

Oh look - another liberal making a sexually based quip about firearms ownership in an effort to make themselves seem intelligent and witty. How surprising.

How's this?

The Second Amendment isn't about "hunting". It's not about "sporting". If "boomer" had paid more attention in History instead of PoliSci or smoking dope (if 49 is their year of birth they would have been attending college in 1969, they heyday of the hippie/peacenik movement), they might have seen a set of books named the Federalist - and Anti-Federalist papers. These are collections of correspondence that took place between our founders as the document which would become the Constitution was being drafted.

The firearms that the British Regulars were sent to seize from farms outside Concord MA in April of 1775 weren't fowling (hunting) weapons. They were weapons that were comparable - some firearms historians might say better - than those carried by the British, who had the largest and most efficient military in the world at the time. Clue - it wasn't called the British Empire because the name sounded good.

ronald.r1944
ronald.r1944

if Perlmutter insists on doing this remember it next voting cycle,,same for the rest..these idiots are trying to make political hay on this,,,

ronald.r1944
ronald.r1944

stay away from me DEMS..you need to get a clue. undoubtedly you have never had to resort to pulling out a gun to save your life. I have,,no fun having some one try to drag your ass out of your car late at night on an empty street. I saw the guy coming for me and happened to have it with me.he grabbed me and tried to pull me out of my car. Unfortunately for him i had the gun in my hand and when he did that i stuck it into his face. He moved and ran away. I set there taking deep breaths and counting myself lucky enough to survive him.. I didnt want to shoot him. just scare the hell out of him if i could. i was prepared to do it but didnt want to unless pushed into doing it.

concernedcitizen
concernedcitizen

History Repeats Itself..... QUOTE, US Representative Ed Perlmutter (D) - Colorado's 7th District

"If you want to shoot off a hundred rounds in a minute, join the military"...

Sounds like this:

"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA —Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve theState." — Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi.

I'm not saying that Ed's a Nazi, but man, was that creepy....  10 out of 10 Criminals and Politicians prefer unarmed victims/citizens.

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

So let's see: What exactly is a high-capacity magazine (not, I should point out, a "clip" - anyone who uses the term interchangeably shows off an ignorance of firearms that essentially disqualifies their argument)?

Why enact an arbitrary magazine limit of ten rounds? Revolvers, after all, only hold six rounds - perhaps magazines should be limited to five rounds, with an additional round in the chamber. Many sporting rifles and shotguns only hold three rounds - perhaps that should be the magazine limit for consistency.

mfassel
mfassel

I need my guns for hunting, varmit & predator control. My guns are called assault rifles people because screeching anti-gun nuts don't know how to define an assault rifle. Gun control is the wrong debate to be having. We should focus on protecting people from violent predators, a job which requires guns.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

So, every, law enforcement offical, CIA, DEA, FBI, ATF, Army, Navy, Mariens, Airforce, and basicaly the whole federal government and state governments need a pineal implant.  Let´s do one better and just rid ourselfs of the government.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Because ad hominem attacks on people who take responsibility for their own self-defense are really helpful. I'm rather surprised at you, Patty, for giving this guy any more than a place in the comment section to demean real Americans.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Gun-nuts = insecure cowards

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@ecurmudgeon I'm guessing they'll go with ten rounds, which has the odd result for many pistols, like a Glock 17 (9mm), which holds 17 rounds when loaded and is perfectly balanced, then you take out nearly half the ammo, and it's severely unbalanced when loaded--the usual condition. Similar for my Glock 19 (9mm), and Glock 22 (.40), both of which hold 15. My Glock 21s (.45), which hold 13 aren't quite as unbalanced, but they're nicer with 13 as well. It turns out my Model 30s (.45), which hold 10 rounds, aren't impacted at all, nor is my model 26 (9mm short stack.)

Frankly, for me, I'd just as soon sell the Model 22 (.40) because I've learned to hate the caliber. I'd just as soon stick to 9x19 and .45ACP and stick with the tinier 9mms for plinking and backup. It's all my wife ever wants to shoot, as well.

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

@mfassel Just for everyone else, an "assault rifle" - which is a specific term defined militarily as “selective firearms (fullauto-continuous, or burst fire plus auto-loading) of sub-caliber” - is already heavily regulated.

Go Google "National Firearms Act" sometime. Which, I should point out, was passed in 1934.

In order to own a NFA-designated weapon, an approval process is required which involves an extensive background check, long wait times, special taxes and can still be denied for any arbitrary reason- which amounts to an effective ban.

Again, people who use terms such as "assault rifle", "machine gun", "military assault weapons" and the like interchangeably would be better served reading up on existing firearms laws before spouting off about needing new ones.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay People who take their own responsibility for self-defense are real Americans, unlike the cowards who think running to mommy government will get them anything other than tyranny.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@ecurmudgeon ...and the reason they invented the undefined term "assault weapon" and recently began saying "military style assault weapon" specifically for the purpose of creating the false impression that people are runnin around with "machine guns." Never mind there's been something like two stories in the last fifteen years of someone committing a crime with an automatic rifle.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

Real Americans don't need firearms to defend themselves in their day to day lives, you piss-pant coward.

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