My LTTE got published in the MD Journal


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K-Romulus
September 16, 2004, 11:39 AM
They definitely edited it by making up their own title (my email had none), changing "firearm" to "weapon" once, and altering "anti-firearms-owner" from my description of the VPC. Rereading it, I think my typing in haste may have obscured my message. I'm sure many THR's will disagree with at least one of my points, but hopefully the overall goal was achieved . . .

www.jrnl.com (Montgomery Edition)

Assault Weapons Ban Was A Farce

Many people are long on rhetoric and short on facts concerning the recent expiration of the so-called assault weapons ban.

Contrary to the claims of some, the firearms market will not see a "flood" of weapons that are more dangerous than those for sale (legally) just one week ago.

Even the rabidly anti-firearms Violence Policy Center stated that the weapons available for sale during the "ban" are no different in firepower than those for sale after the ban expired:

"Soon after its passage in 1994, the gun industry made a mockery of the federal assault weapons ban, manufacturing "post-ban" assault weapons with only slight, cosmetic differences from their banned counterparts," the VPC said.

It also estimates that "more than one million assault weapons have been manufactured since the ban's passage in 1994."

Any so-called reduction in the use of "assault weapons" in crime can be attributed to three things:

- the narrow legal definition of a prohibited "assault weapon" (which excludes the "post-ban" firearms referenced by the Violence Policy Center);
- the overall reduction in violent crime during the past 15 years; and
- the implementation of the Brady Act, which mandated background checks on all firearms purchased from federally licensed dealers.

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griz
September 17, 2004, 08:08 AM
Are the three reasons for reduced crime your's or the VPC's? I'm a bit confused.

Tharg
September 17, 2004, 11:59 AM
Gratz - sounded level headed to me - i especially liked how you (was you right?) used the brady bill to help your argument. (and to be honest - even tho it only seems to have effected me after my dwi from 5 years ago, its a good thing - whats a day or two till ya can pickup your purchase?)

J/Tharg!

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