. The purely cosmetic designation of what is or is not an “assault weapon” might be the most unproductive measure out of all of them, but the gun-control activists are still stickin’ to their guns, so to speak:
“The legal gun looks a lot like the illegal gun,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. “Does that make this law essentially cosmetic? No. These features all have specific functions.” …
“The gun is still lethal,” Gunn Barrett said. “Yes, it can still kill people. But it is not as easy to manipulate and fire accurately than it would be if you had a forward-leaning pistol grip.”
…Weak. As Charles C.W. Cooke points out at NRO, the only thing that making AR-15s slightly less easy to manipulate accomplishes is making it slightly harder for less robust individuals to use them (like, say, women?) while having absolutely zero effect on their lethality — all of which is practically a moot point anyway, since the vast, vast majority of gun crimes and murders in this country are committed with handguns.
Well, anybody looking for rationality in gun grabber arguments is bound to be disappointed. The one rational argument gun grabbers can make is one they are afraid to make – although almost all of them secretly support it: “We want to see all firearms in private hands banned in the United State, and those already owned confiscated and destroyed.”
The only problem with that one is a little thing called the Second Amendment – and the possibly lethal reaction of heavily armed supporters of that amendment.
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