View Full Version : The assault weapons ban: A case study in the politics of frivolity

st james
03-18-2013, 11:00 AM
The assault weapons ban: A case study in the politics of frivolity

Once again, our lawmakers cloak unpassable legislation in base-pleasing rhetoric
The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved a measure that would reinstitute the assault weapons ban. Big news, right? The bill will now head to the entire Senate for a vote... unless of course Republicans filibuster... but nevertheless, this is big, right?
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The (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/us/politics/panel-approves-reinstatement-of-assault-weapons-ban.html?partner=rss&emc=rss)N (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/us/politics/panel-approves-reinstatement-of-assault-weapons-ban.html?partner=rss&emc=rss)ew York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/us/politics/panel-approves-reinstatement-of-assault-weapons-ban.html?partner=rss&emc=rss) story (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/us/politics/panel-approves-reinstatement-of-assault-weapons-ban.html?partner=rss&emc=rss) detailing the measure's passage described the bill as "almost certain to fail if brought before the entire Senate." It "has almost zero chance of even receiving a hearing in the House." Nor should it be since all available evidence suggests that an assault weapons ban would have a negligible impact on safety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assault_Weapons_Ban#Expiration_and_effect_ on_crime). Of course, that point is one of substance, and nothing about the debate over the proposed AWB has anything to do with whether it will or will not work. Everything about the proposed renewal of the AWB is theatrics and serves as yet another example of the triumph of style at the expense of substance in our national politics.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is a very bright woman and a very good politician. When she proposed the new AWB, she knew there was a zero percent chance that it would become law. But she also knew that the people who voted for her are, by and large, anti-gun. More importantly, as the author of the original Brady Bill, Sen. Feinstein is widely viewed as the darling of the anti-gun movement and its allies. By proposing the AWB, Sen. Feinstein can tell all of the donors who care about the gun issue that she fought for the most aggressive legislation possible, and that she will keep fighting which will lead to more donations.

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Captain Obvious
03-18-2013, 09:24 PM
The issue to a degree has nothing to do with assault weapons. It has more to do with the zeal of the left to diminish the constitution.

The math is simple, banning certain guns or accessories only increases the black market value of them and keeps them out of the hands of law abiding citizens who would otherwise use them to protect themselves from felons who can and will still obtain them illegally.

Why anyone would think banning certain guns is a good idea is beyond me. This is the same crowd who made drugs illegal and coined the term "war on drugs".

Yeah... right.