commented on Child Gun Deaths Far Higher than Official Records Show
@44, the "public at large" can't distinguish an "automatic weapon" from a "semi-automatic" one. Why is the fact the public is willing to attack something they clearly don't understand a good metric?
Shit, the public can't distinguish "Obamacare" from "holy shit, I can afford health insurance!" They're the same damn thing, unlike assault weapons/rifles. Why is the public's understanding of a matter indicative of its benefit or detriment to the US?
What you call "intricate technical attributes" are anything but. They're fundamental distinctions.
Maybe I'm crazy, being pro-healthcare, pro-gun, pro-gays, pro-choice, etc. Yet here I am, and I'm not willing to stand idly by while people lie or misrepresent things I know and support.
commented on Gun Nuts Don't Want You Picking Up a Copy of The Stranger That's on the Streets Right Now
Not that you really care, but one huge reason I cannot in good conscience support this bill is that it would make it illegal to take a friend out shooting in the woods for fun. It would make doing that a gross misdemeanor.
The only exemption to the transfer rules that comes close to applying is here:
(f) The temporary transfer of a firearm (i) between spouses or domestic partners; (ii) if the temporary transfer occurs, and the firearm is kept at all times, at an established shooting range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located; (iii) if the temporary transfer occurs and the transferee's possession of the firearm is exclusively at a lawful organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or while participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized group that uses firearms as a part of the performance; (iv) to a person who is under eighteen years of age for lawful hunting, sporting, or educational purposes while under the direct supervision and control of a responsible adult who is not prohibited from possessing firearms; or (v) while hunting if the hunting is legal in all places where the person to whom the firearm is transferred possesses the firearm and the person to whom the firearm is transferred has completed all training and holds all licenses or permits required for such hunting, provided that any temporary transfer allowed by this subsection is permitted only if the person to whom the firearm is transferred is not prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law;
Shooting clays, targets, etc in the woods for fun isn't hunting, nor is it done "at an established shooting range...", it's not to someone under 18, and it's not a competition or practice for a performance.
It would mean that if a group of us went out and were doing some recreational shooting, nobody could try each other's firearms legally.
There are other issues, but this is the biggest, and being an asshole about why you think this should be shoved down our throats doesn't address that huge problem with the initiative.
commented on Well Armed Militia Accidentally Shoots Sleeping Grandson
Ms. D - it makes a prominent appearance in a phrase that is used to justify the main clause. For example: A well-read populace being necessary to the preservation of our rights, the right of the people to keep and read literature shall not be infringed.
Does that sentence mean only a well-read populace may keep and read literature? Of course not, it says that "x is good, y must be kept". Left unsaid is that "because we think y insures x". In the case of my rewording, to assume only a well-read populace may keep and read literature would be to deny the very means by which a populace becomes well-read. Such is also the case with the second amendment, which was written by those who thought a well-regulated militia (I won't go into any of the other arguments related to what "regulated" means in this context, beyond the cursory mention that there are multiple definitions of the word) ensured a free state, and preventing the state from infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms ensured that such a militia can exist.