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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Elvis

Lockhart, TX

#2021 Jan 9, 2013
75% of the 11,000 gun deaths are gang related.

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#2022 Jan 9, 2013
au contraire wrote:
<quoted text>My my, you forgot Ft. Hood already. The families sure would be shocked to know that.
What does TSA, have to do with Ft. Hood?
brown eyes

Christiansburg, VA

#2023 Jan 9, 2013
I was also taught magic tricks as grade school student. What happened to such entertainment U.S. Gov. GF008 Safer World 2013

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#2024 Jan 9, 2013
Elvis wrote:
75% of the 11,000 gun deaths are gang related.
And making guns illegal would not slow that down one bit......
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au contraire

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#2027 Jan 9, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>What does TSA, have to do with Ft. Hood?
Ft. Hood negates your comment.
Brad

Manchester, CT

#2028 Jan 9, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
The "red tape" is with congress, not the president.
Obama didn't have any, as the agencies he had the power to control were dispatched before or just after the storm, including $6.3 billion allocated FEMA had allocated for such matters.
All the B.S. lies with teabaggers and congress.
Poor teabagger.
LOL

All those layers Oblamer has added in the last 4 years are called plausible deniability,not red tape.
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ohpoopoo

Menard, TX

#2031 Jan 9, 2013
pogue mahone wrote:
No. But a ban on assaulters would.
There is already a ban on assault, and murder (therefore assaulters and murders) but that ban is 'after the fact'. Such a band does not undo the damage of the assault or bring the murdered back to life. It there a set of policies that can 'minimize' assault and murder or lessen the injury or 'body count'? That is the real problem.
"Assault weapons" are only tools that were designed to injure or kill people.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#2032 Jan 9, 2013
maddmaxx7 wrote:
<quoted text>
now, where did the stupid ignoramus disappear to?
Jack Lew Eyed for Treasury Secretary
Forward &#8206;- 10 hours ago
Jack Lew is reportedly the strong favorite to be named the next treasury ... to Wall Street, where he worked as a managing director for Citigroup
Probably changing his name
In June 2006, Lew was named chief operating officer of Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit, a proprietary trading group.

That's one for the nut job teabagger.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#2033 Jan 9, 2013
Brad wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL
All those layers Oblamer has added in the last 4 years are called plausible deniability,not red tape.
That would be congress.

N11111ever have so many filibusters been threatened as in the first session of the 110th Congress. In just the first year, Republicans filibustered more legislation, and required more cloture votes to break those filibusters, than in any Congress in recent history. By the time this term ends, Congress could well more than double the number of cloture votes of previous Congresses — including the ones that Republicans controlled and complained of Democratic 'obstruction.'

This is the result of a deliberate effort by the Republican minority to undercut the will of the majority of the American public, expressed when voters placed a Democratic majority in control of both houses of Congress. The filibuster, a procedure unique to the Senate to block an up-or-down vote on legislation unless a 60-vote supermajority agrees to proceed, has been historically used by both parties. But it has never been used as routinely as it has been by Republicans since January 2007.

107th Congress, 2001-2003, Democrats in minority: 71 cloture motions filed


108th Congress, 2003-2005, Dem minority: 62


109th Congress, 2005-2007, Dem minority: 68


110th Congress, 2007-2009, Republican minority: 139


111th Congress, 2009-2011, Rep minority: 137


112th Congress, 2011-2013, Rep minority: 87 (so far)


This suggests that Republicans threaten about twice as many filibusters as Democrats do. The number is down for the current Congress, in part because Democrats have just thrown up their hands (and remember, this Congress isn’t over yet). So no, Democrats aren’t blameless. But the blame for the dysfunction is a long way from equal. I appreciate the pressures faced by reporters on deadline, but Googling these numbers took me about four minutes.


Reform won't happen anytime soon: Two-thirds of senators would have to agree to lower the threshold number. That's obviously not in the cards. But it's a big, big, big issue. If Obama is reelected, I hope he works on it.


"Red tape" obstructionist teabaggers.

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#2034 Jan 9, 2013
Here Is One wrote:
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And making guns illegal would not slow that down one bit......
Moot point, since no one's talking about "making guns illegal."

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#2035 Jan 9, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
That would be congress.
N11111ever have so many filibusters been threatened as in the first session of the 110th Congress. In just the first year, Republicans filibustered more legislation, and required more cloture votes to break those filibusters, than in any Congress in recent history. By the time this term ends, Congress could well more than double the number of cloture votes of previous Congresses — including the ones that Republicans controlled and complained of Democratic 'obstruction.'
This is the result of a deliberate effort by the Republican minority to undercut the will of the majority of the American public, expressed when voters placed a Democratic majority in control of both houses of Congress. The filibuster, a procedure unique to the Senate to block an up-or-down vote on legislation unless a 60-vote supermajority agrees to proceed, has been historically used by both parties. But it has never been used as routinely as it has been by Republicans since January 2007.
107th Congress, 2001-2003, Democrats in minority: 71 cloture motions filed
108th Congress, 2003-2005, Dem minority: 62
109th Congress, 2005-2007, Dem minority: 68
110th Congress, 2007-2009, Republican minority: 139
111th Congress, 2009-2011, Rep minority: 137
112th Congress, 2011-2013, Rep minority: 87 (so far)
This suggests that Republicans threaten about twice as many filibusters as Democrats do. The number is down for the current Congress, in part because Democrats have just thrown up their hands (and remember, this Congress isn’t over yet). So no, Democrats aren’t blameless. But the blame for the dysfunction is a long way from equal. I appreciate the pressures faced by reporters on deadline, but Googling these numbers took me about four minutes.
Reform won't happen anytime soon: Two-thirds of senators would have to agree to lower the threshold number. That's obviously not in the cards. But it's a big, big, big issue. If Obama is reelected, I hope he works on it.
"Red tape" obstructionist teabaggers.
Republicans have turned into virtual political terrorists, holding the laws hostage to the will of a tiny, radical extremist minority who want to destroy our government. Party before Country is their party's new motto.
brown eyes

Blacksburg, VA

#2036 Jan 9, 2013
Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back while gambling with back to window in saloon his hand was aces and eights called dead mans hand, When I go to Vegas I always sit with back to wall. GF008 Safer World 2013
brown eyes

Blacksburg, VA

#2037 Jan 9, 2013
I was told U.S. Gov that cold temperatures killed cold and flu viruses. Too warmer weather for winter. GF008 Safer World 2013
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#2038 Jan 9, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
<quoted text>
Republicans have turned into virtual political terrorists, holding the laws hostage to the will of a tiny, radical extremist minority who want to destroy our government. Party before Country is their party's new motto.


With 67 voting against Sandy relief it's party before Americans also, if it were for israel, the money would have been there 2 months ago.

A Republican congressman who voted against federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief last week asked the federal government for millions in funding for his Mississippi district in 2005, after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

TPM reports that in the fall of 2005, Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., then the chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority, appealed to the federal government for Katrina relief money, to the tune of more than $38.5 million.

“We will rebuild and we’ll provide homes for those displaced; but we cannot do that until it is funded,” Palazzo wrote in a BPHA pamphlet published in August 2005.“We’re ready to do the work — but we simply do not have the financial resources on our own to handle a catastrophe like Katrina.”

“Tell our national leaders — don’t send more inspectors — we know what’s damaged and how to fix it,” he added.“Send us money so we can put families back together and do our part to rebuild our community.”

Palazzo, whose district lies on the Gulf Coast, cited the deficit last week when voting against a House bill authorizing $9.7 billion in federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. From his spokesman Laura Chambers:

“Congressman Palazzo fully supports a Sandy relief package that includes spending offsets. On the heels of a fiscal cliff deal that added $4 trillion to our existing $16 trillion national debt, we must ensure that disaster relief is paid for.

“He also hopes we will be able to have a much-needed national discussion on disaster relief reform in the coming days.”

The Miami Herald reports that Harrison County, which encompasses Biloxi, got $72 million in federal funding just for public housing after Hurricane Katrina.

Sixty-six other House Republicans voted against Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
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Big Bad John

Lockhart, TX

#2039 Jan 9, 2013
brown eyes wrote:
Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back while gambling with back to window in saloon his hand was aces and eights called dead mans hand, When I go to Vegas I always sit with back to wall. GF008 Safer World 2013
Been in a lot of Vegas Casinos. Can't think of one Casino floor with a window.

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#2040 Jan 9, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
With 67 voting against Sandy relief it's party before Americans also, if it were for israel, the money would have been there 2 months ago.
A Republican congressman who voted against federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief last week asked the federal government for millions in funding for his Mississippi district in 2005, after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
TPM reports that in the fall of 2005, Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., then the chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority, appealed to the federal government for Katrina relief money, to the tune of more than $38.5 million.
“We will rebuild and we’ll provide homes for those displaced; but we cannot do that until it is funded,” Palazzo wrote in a BPHA pamphlet published in August 2005.“We’re ready to do the work — but we simply do not have the financial resources on our own to handle a catastrophe like Katrina.”
“Tell our national leaders — don’t send more inspectors — we know what’s damaged and how to fix it,” he added.“Send us money so we can put families back together and do our part to rebuild our community.”
Palazzo, whose district lies on the Gulf Coast, cited the deficit last week when voting against a House bill authorizing $9.7 billion in federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. From his spokesman Laura Chambers:
“Congressman Palazzo fully supports a Sandy relief package that includes spending offsets. On the heels of a fiscal cliff deal that added $4 trillion to our existing $16 trillion national debt, we must ensure that disaster relief is paid for.
“He also hopes we will be able to have a much-needed national discussion on disaster relief reform in the coming days.”
The Miami Herald reports that Harrison County, which encompasses Biloxi, got $72 million in federal funding just for public housing after Hurricane Katrina.
Sixty-six other House Republicans voted against Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
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Excellent post. "Spending offsets" are the new fashion among Republicans, a way of pretending they're cutting the budget while still getting the pork they crave.

I'd have a "national discussion," alright - I'd tell this clown 'no more relief for your district under any circumstances. Next time, you can help your constituents dig out.'
brown eyes

Blacksburg, VA

#2041 Jan 9, 2013
Kimosabe find out info get free reward money about fbi agent. GF008 Safer World 2013
Spocko

Oakland, CA

#2042 Jan 9, 2013
sellerscellar wrote:
<quoted text>Well said. Any additional gun regulation is just a power grab masquerading as a knee jerk reaction. It is crap either way.
Smart and effective gun control that protects society has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment at all! Qualified people certainly have the right to own or carry but the government has a duty and responsibility to regulate the sale and ‘the carry’ of guns. The notion that a mob of people are ready and equipped to take on the US Gov’t is comical at best. Besides, don’t you think we're pretty damn safe from that scary tyrannical rule propagated by the NRA?

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#2043 Jan 9, 2013
Spocko wrote:
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Smart and effective gun control that protects society has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment at all! Qualified people certainly have the right to own or carry but the government has a duty and responsibility to regulate the sale and ‘the carry’ of guns. The notion that a mob of people are ready and equipped to take on the US Gov’t is comical at best. Besides, don’t you think we're pretty damn safe from that scary tyrannical rule propagated by the NRA?
No.......

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#2044 Jan 9, 2013
I do not trust the Government very much but you can all you want. The word "control" says it all.

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