The only contention I have with the Jay Bookman article is how to define assualt weapons, I think the problem lies with the high capacity magazine, not with the inherent design of a semi-automatic rifle.<quoted text>
Now, there you go, attacking a person's politics when the question is really simply an intellectual discussion as to how far government regulation is entitled to reach, since we all agree that regulation, to some extent, is permissible.
How much can you restrict my ownership and access to firearms in order to minimize your chance of dying as a result of my ownership of my firearms.
WED JAN 09, 2013 AT 05:00 AM PST
You NEED to watch this clip of Jon Stewart talk about gun control
If some common sense firearms regulations might cut the number of these killings, why not try?
MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO (1/7/2013): We have many, many laws pertaining to guns already, we oughta enforce those laws.
MAN AT GUN SHOW (1/7/2013): We already have laws banning murder, but we still have murders.
JESSE VENTURA (9/17/2012): Drunk driving. Do we go to the Ford Motor Company and tell them, stop making these automobiles because people get drunk and kill people in cars?
No, but we do enact stricter blood alcohol limits, raise the drinking age, ramp up enforcement penalties, charge bartenders for serving drunks, and launch huge public awareness campaigns to stigmatize the dangerous behavior in question, and we do all those things because it might just help bring drunk driving rates down — I don't know — by 2/3s in a few decades.
War on drunk driving a model for reducing gun violence
6:46 am December 19, 2012,
by Jay Bookman
What practical steps, within the protections of the Second Amendment, can we take to reduce mass killings and gun violence? Can such an effort even begin to make a difference in saving lives and preventing heartbreak?
Yes, it can. And we have a model of success to draw upon.
By 1982, more than 21,000 Americans were dying each year in alcohol-related accidents. Yet somehow by 2010, the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving had fallen to 10,228, a decline of more than half. We didn’t solve the problem, but clearly we have made substantial progress. We are saving more than 10,000 lives a year and preventing tens of thousands more from being crippled or maimed. Almost as important, over the years we have prevented tens of thousands of drivers from ruining their own lives by killing people while under the influence.
We did not achieve that progress by banning automobiles. We did not ban alcohol. In fact, no single dramatic change produced the turnaround. It was achieved through a broad, concerted legal effort backed by a fundamental change in what was deemed culturally acceptable....