“Two months ago, I was pleased to announce that the National Rifle Association chose the great city of Columbus to host our 136th Annual Meetings and Exhibits in May of 2007,” said LaPierre. “The NRA is not coming to Columbus in 2007. The convention is canceled because last week your City Council unanimously voted to revoke the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in Columbus by banning perfectly legal firearms.”
That’s right folks, the NRA has pulled it’s 2007 convention out of Columbus, Ohio. This will cost the Columbus area a projected $50 million dollars in revenue.
“The definition of an assault weapon for the purposes of this ban is any semi-automatic rifle having a detachable magazine and other certain types of features. “
So here we are again, another example of banning weapons that “look” dangerous. It has nothing to do with the popularity among criminals or any kind of statistical information on the use of the weapon in actual crimes.
“If it looks dangerous, it must be dangerous, we need to ban it… ”
Assault weapons aren’t typically used in crimes. Despite their menancing look, their high capacity of rounds, and other features, they are just too large to be attractive to most criminals.
Criminals don’t want to be seen coming into a bank with an assault rifle, it gives the employees way too much time to set off the silent alarm. Criminals depend on the element of suprise. It’s hard to suprise anyone with an assult weapon in tow.
Assault weapons are also expensive. When you compare the $1,000 you will spend on an AR-15 (legal price) to the $150 to $300 you can spend on a pistol (legal price), the pistol makes more sense. Plus the pistol is a lot easier to hide.
“There are some exemptions to the law. Police officers, sportsmen and current owners will still be allowed to have the weapons.”
So not only is it a stupid law based on cosmetics, it’s also a half-assed measure. If you own one, you get a pass. You just can’t buy any more. Even if it was based on something logical, it’s like closing the barn door when the horses have already escaped.
Gee, this is really going to stop the criminals from getting the weapons. I mean, you can’t just go down to your local pawn shop and buy one legally. Oh, wait, if you’re a criminal you can’t get a gun legally to start with.
You mean, someone would get a gun illegally? Oh my! You mean criminals will continue to get guns illegally dispite our utterly useless and idiotic ban on the cosmetic features of a gun?!
So… lemme see if I understand the thinking here…
“Let’s pass a half-assed anti-gun measure that is sure to be in-effective at preventing crime, at the risk of pissing off the NRA and losing $50 million in projected revenue”
New laws are not the answers. Better enforcement of the current laws, and harsher sentences for offenders are the answers.
Taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens is not the answer either. All that banning guns does is take the right of self-defense away from your average Joe. In effect, it creates more victims.