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March 4, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Assault weapons ban

Silly, hypocritical, non-think approach

Never let it be said logic, reason, facts or even the government’s own statistics are sufficient to sway liberals from what they’ve convinced themselves is the answer to a problem, be it real or perceived. The new attorney general’s renewed attack on “assault weapons” is just the latest example of this non-think approach.

His claim that banning “assault weapons” in the U.S. will somehow deter the violence of the Mexican-drug cartels is silly and certainly hypocritical on its face. He concedes that the cartels are highly organized and financed, and operate on an international scale.

Despite huge resources in money, time and manpower this country has expended against them, cartels still manage to get billions of dollars in illicit drugs and gang members into this country. Obtaining weapons would likely prove no more difficult, especially with the connivance of corrupt-foreign officials eager to accept cartel money.

There are an estimated 60 million AK-47 “assault rifles” in use worldwide, available for as little as $50 in many Third World countries. The AK-47 and AK-74 are actually considered, in many circles, to be better combat weapons than those commonly called “assault rifles” here.

Does the attorney general really believe any restrictions in this country would be more than a minor inconvenience to the cartels or any other criminal elements for that matter?

Ironically, many of the weapons used by criminals are stolen from government storage facilities – yes, even in the U.S. You can’t buy plastic explosives, full-automatic weapons, RPGs, etc., at gun shows.

Liberal gun-haters can’t seem to grasp the bullet is indifferent about the gun used to shoot it. What the gun looks like makes absolutely no difference. In fact, many “acceptable and respectable” sporting arms are much more powerful and deadly than so-called “assault rifles.”

My legal, 12-gauge shotgun can discharge more lethal projectiles with one shot than an M-16 or Uzi can with a full magazine, and my 12 gauge holds seven such rounds!

With regard to the proposed ten-round-magazine limit, anyone other than a certified klutz can insert a fresh magazine into a semi-auto handgun in about two seconds.

If more Americans knew what’s happened to the crime rates (i.e. rape, assault, robbery, home invasions) in Great Britain and Australia after those countries confiscated and banned private-gun ownership, I’d bet they would be lining up and waving their credit cards at every gun shop.

— Lee Fowble, Edmonds

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