Would an assault weapons ban work?

Would an assault weapons ban work?

There are 3769 comments on the The Washington Post story from Dec 17, 2012, titled Would an assault weapons ban work?. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

When Adam Lanza shot 26 people in Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, he used a Bushmaster AR-15 , a popular style of semiautomatic rifle that can rapidly fire multiple high-velocity rounds, according to law enforcement officials.

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Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3983 Feb 19, 2013
okimar wrote:
<quoted text>You can't reduce a deficit if you have a President spending tax dollars faster than they come in.... THATS what creates a deficit.
Who determines how/when $$$$$ comes in?

Isn't that congress?

He can't spend a dime without them.
just another guy

Denver, CO

#3984 Feb 19, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
Why aren't teabaggers giving theirs to reduce their "precious" deficit?
www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/gift/g... - Cached
For each dollar we would send, the district of criminals will spend two.

“Voters elect Big Bird”

Since: Jan 07

Dump American Eagle

#3985 Feb 19, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
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Who determines how/when $$$$$ comes in?
Isn't that congress?
He can't spend a dime without them.
Funny how the spending part NEVER touches Obama yet where most of the $$$ goes has Barry written ALLLLL over it. Let the sequester begin.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3986 Feb 19, 2013
just another guy wrote:
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For each dollar we would send, the district of criminals will spend two.
You won't get an argument from me.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3987 Feb 19, 2013
okimar wrote:
<quoted text>Funny how the spending part NEVER touches Obama yet where most of the $$$ goes has Barry written ALLLLL over it. Let the sequester begin.


Really?

What bill did Obama sponsor or submit?
Rebel Against Tyranny

Fruitport, MI

#3989 Feb 19, 2013
Even the US Justice Department's own National Institute for Justice finds that gun control laws & restrictions don't work.

You can find the memo here:

http://www.nraila.org/media/10883516/nij-gun-...

On the idea of “banning” so-called assault weapons:

"Twitter summary: Assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime. The existing stock of assault weapons is large, undercutting the effectiveness of bans with exemptions[...]

Guns are durable goods. The 1994 law exempted weapons manufactured before 1994. The exemption of pre-1994 models ensures that a large stock, estimated at 1.5 million, of existing weapons would persist. Prior to the 1994 ban, assault weapons were used in 2-8% of crimes. Therefore a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.[...]"

On the prevalence of mass shootings (a key statistic used by gun control advocates such as Piers Morgan):

"Fatalities from mass shootings (those with 4 or more victims in a particular place and time) account on average for 35 fatalities per year. Policies that address the larger firearm homicide issue will have a far greater impact even if they do not address the particular issues of mass shootings."

And finally, on the so-called "assault weapon" bans:

"Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence."

Since even the government itself does not think gun control will mitigate gun violence or eliminate guns
Rebel Against Tyranny

Fruitport, MI

#3992 Feb 19, 2013
Oops, last paragraph got cut off. It should have read:

Since even the government itself does not think gun control will mitigate gun violence or eliminate guns, what else could they possibly hope to accomplish other than simply disarming the people to be able to change them from citizens into subjects?
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3993 Feb 20, 2013
okimar wrote:
<quoted text>You can't reduce a deficit if you have a President spending tax dollars faster than they come in.... THATS what creates a deficit.
"Reagan," Vice President Dick Cheney famously declared in 2002, "proved deficits don't matter." Unless, that is, a Democrat is in the White House.
serfs up

Melbourne, FL

#3994 Feb 20, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
"Reagan," Vice President Dick Cheney famously declared in 2002, "proved deficits don't matter." Unless, that is, a Democrat is in the White House.
Whether you hate Reagan or not, he did try once elected to get the congress on the same page. And he did did...with promises about domestic spending. I do remember that. And I do remember being denied jobs because of quotas throughout the 1970's. Never forget! Never! So when Paul Volker wrenched the economy out of its malaise for the first level of da LBJ massive spending hangover, Reagan opened up the playing field for da ones who got the blame for every evil in man kinds existence. We knew being denied. Oh yes we did. Men with higher IQ's being emasculated over those who proved to be inferior in enough numbers to warrant questions about it as the basket of forced linear equality was forced on all. So then a few decades later, the men who had to try much harder to get hired and who had the audacity to pay down debts and try to build a meager amount of wealth got screwed over again. So they will look at their retirement now and we will see if the progressive Dems and those in power push the final indignity on them with limited medical as well as reduced social security payments due to false inflation increases. And as each level of what is called our foundation is removed or reduced we will see what we have wrought. and the people who live further away from the infections will increasingly pay the price. The politicians hide so much in their increases. Obamacare just one of them. Massive printing of false currency with high fuel and energy prices the true inflation as the morons in America accept it. Well Homeland Security has bought 2 billion rounds of ammo. figure it out. Try!

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#3995 Feb 20, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
<quoted text>
Righties wish they had a real paper like the Times. That's why you hate it so much - all you have are birdcage-liners! LOL
DEBATE COMMISSION CO-CHAIR: CROWLEY WAS 'MISTAKE'... DEBATE COMMISSION CO-CHAIR: CROWLEY WAS 'MISTAKE'...
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#3996 Feb 20, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
<quoted text>
Why are you so full of partisan hatred and class envy?
Duh Professor,
How does the question:

"Why isn't Obama giving his entire salary away to charity?"

equate to "partisan hatred and class envy"?

If I suggested that he only takes $1 as compensation, would that make me a fine citizen and not an envious partisan hater?
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#3997 Feb 20, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
Really?
What bill did Obama sponsor or submit?
Where's his budget?
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#3999 Feb 20, 2013
Jack Welch wrote:
<quoted text>
why so the terrorist tea party can obstruct it because they don't comprehend how a government works!
No, because it's his JOB. Maybe you should go to a place with more oxygen.
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#4002 Feb 20, 2013
Jack Welch wrote:
<quoted text>
maybe you should some facts about the budget before you open your pie hole dick head!
I recommend that you move closer to sea level. Jack.
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#4004 Feb 20, 2013
Jack Welch wrote:
<quoted text>
I recommend you pull your head out of your boyfriends ass!
So, "Jack", do you wear shows on your feet?
Say the Truth

Lansdale, PA

#4005 Feb 20, 2013
*shoes

Since: Jan 13

United States

#4007 Feb 20, 2013
LOLAJW
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#4008 Feb 20, 2013
serfs up wrote:
<quoted text> Whether you hate Reagan or not, he did try once elected to get the congress on the same page. And he did did...with promises about domestic spending. I do remember that. And I do remember being denied jobs because of quotas throughout the 1970's. Never forget! Never! So when Paul Volker wrenched the economy out of its malaise for the first level of da LBJ massive spending hangover, Reagan opened up the playing field for da ones who got the blame for every evil in man kinds existence. We knew being denied. Oh yes we did. Men with higher IQ's being emasculated over those who proved to be inferior in enough numbers to warrant questions about it as the basket of forced linear equality was forced on all. So then a few decades later, the men who had to try much harder to get hired and who had the audacity to pay down debts and try to build a meager amount of wealth got screwed over again. So they will look at their retirement now and we will see if the progressive Dems and those in power push the final indignity on them with limited medical as well as reduced social security payments due to false inflation increases. And as each level of what is called our foundation is removed or reduced we will see what we have wrought. and the people who live further away from the infections will increasingly pay the price. The politicians hide so much in their increases. Obamacare just one of them. Massive printing of false currency with high fuel and energy prices the true inflation as the morons in America accept it. Well Homeland Security has bought 2 billion rounds of ammo. figure it out. Try!
"Whether you hate Reagan or not, he did try once elected to get the congress on the same page".

Congress worked a lot better back then.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#4009 Feb 20, 2013
Say the Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Where's his budget?
Where is his spending bill with his name aaaallll over it?

Since: Jan 13

United States

#4011 Feb 20, 2013
Jack Welch wrote:
<quoted text>
you sure don't
Jack you have replies that are homosexual innuendoes. But that doesn't surprise me coming from a democrap like you. LOLAJW.

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