Coloradoan Opinion article on reinstating assault weapons ban

Coloradoan Opinion article on reinstating assault weapons ban

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    Coloradoan Opinion article on reinstating assault weapons ban

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    Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration intends to push for the reauthorization of the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

    However, the administration is meeting resistance from many within its own party, including Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey. In the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Markey said: "I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe it is a mistake to deny constitutional rights to all Americans because of the misdeeds of a few."

    A statement like Markey's fails to see compromise in the complexities of the gun control debate, and it thwarts common-sense efforts to keep the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and extremists.

    The original ban was a 10-year ban on the "manufacture, transfer and possession" of semiautomatic firearms that have features useful for military and criminal applications but are unnecessary for shooting sports or self-defense. The ban included weapons such as AK-47s, Uzi machine pistols, the TEC-9 and revolving cylinder shotguns (also known as street sweepers). It also banned guns with two or more military features, including flash suppressors, silencers, pistol grips, grenade launchers and bayonet mounts.

    The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence noted that in the 10 years the ban was in place, the incidence of assault weapons being traced to crimes dropped 66 percent. Similarly, a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2004 found that the share of gun crimes using assault weapons declined anywhere from 17 percent to 72 percent in the six localities included in the study.

    Since the gun ban has expired, however, the Brady Center notes that hundreds of people have been killed with assault weapons, including 38 police officers.

    In Miami alone, the number of gun-related crimes using assault weapons have climbed from 4 percent of all gun crimes to 20 percent. Finally, in a Washington Post/ABC News Survey taken in October 2006, 61 percent of the American public favored stricter gun-control laws, while only 36 percent opposed them.

    Opposing the assault weapons ban because of the Second Amendment offers little defense against these social realities, especially given the Supreme Court's interpretation of it.

    Indeed, until recently, the Supreme Court and the bulk of scholarly opinion have viewed the right to bear arms as a collective right of the state to arm and regulate militias rather than an individual right bestowed on every American. Last summer's Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller overturned that legal consensus.

    However, even the Heller decision did not say that there was an unlimited individual right to bear arms. In Heller, Justice Antonin Scalia argued that even though the D.C. ban on virtually all handguns was unconstitutional, a wide variety of gun laws are still presumably constitutional, including bans on "the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill," the "carrying of firearms in ... schools and government buildings," or prohibitions on "dangerous and unusual" weapons.

    Reinstating the assault weapons ban is not tantamount to nullifying the Second Amendment. The ban does not seek to take away firearms from responsible gun-owners and hunters; rather, it represents the pragmatic belief that we can uphold the Second Amendment while also keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals.
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    Put her in the column of the delusional. Criminals, by definition, won't obey laws. If it isn't AK's, it'll be AR's or it'll be something else. When everything is banned, kitchen knives won't be far behind (see England's ban on short kitchen knives and the huge spike in knife-related violence). It sounds to me like more of the same: restrict the lawful to prevent unlawful acts but DO NOT DARE go after the criminal element.
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    Assault weapons were used in only 2% of crimes-WOW(pun intended) they did a good job reducing crime-Morons. Just makes them look good on paper.
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    Pap and drivel.
    Quit blaming the tools for the actions of some TOOLS......

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    Wait a minute...

    Maybe I'm reading it wrong...
    ...However, the administration is meeting resistance from many within its own party, including Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey. In the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Markey said: "I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe it is a mistake to deny constitutional rights to all Americans because of the misdeeds of a few."...

    Isn't she on our side? The rest of the media rant are not HER words.

    I believe that this congresswoman understands it. If you read carefully, the reporter (Ryan Dawkins) is using Brady facts to speak 'against' this woman.

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    Yes, Kudos to the Congresswoman!
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    I wrote the congresswoman and thanked her for her 2A support and questions her support of the retroactive punitive tax on financial institution emplyees.
    "Run for your life from the man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another-their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

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    Where do these idiot "journalists" get their "facts"? Prior to the AWB I could buy a silencer or grenade launcher? Gee, I wish I knew that then! I thought these items fell under the provisions of the 1934 National Firearms Act, and always will. But who am I to dispute a "well educated" reporter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Where do these idiot "journalists" get their "facts"? Prior to the AWB I could buy a silencer or grenade launcher? Gee, I wish I knew that then! I thought these items fell under the provisions of the 1934 National Firearms Act, and always will. But who am I to dispute a "well educated" reporter.
    It was in the opinion section. I don't know that you are a 'reporter' when you are in the opinion section.

    If I'm not mistaken, I can write a pro gun commentary and it has a chance at being published in the opinion section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Wait a minute...

    Maybe I'm reading it wrong...
    ...However, the administration is meeting resistance from many within its own party, including Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey. In the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Markey said: "I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights. I believe it is a mistake to deny constitutional rights to all Americans because of the misdeeds of a few."...

    Isn't she on our side? The rest of the media rant are not HER words.

    I believe that this congresswoman understands it. If you read carefully, the reporter (Ryan Dawkins) is using Brady facts to speak 'against' this woman.

    To congresswoman...
    To R. Dawkins...
    Thanks Ret! I misread the piece and offer humble apologies [feeling shame - will sit in the penalty box for two minutes (high-picking)].
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