Sunday, August 15, 2004

Attention Assault Weapons Ban supporters 

I'm going to try something out, and I don't know if I'll get any responses... But if you just happened upon this post and you're a supporter of the federal Assault Weapons Ban and want it to be renewed, you're the kind of person I'm looking for. Whether you're fervent about it or just think it's a good idea, this post is for you. Because I really want to know what you believe the ban actually accomplishes.

Some suggestions to get people started:

- Describe what is banned by the AWB.

- Describe what the word "ban" means in the case of the AWB.

- Describe how banned weapons differ functionally from legal weapons.

Extra points if you answer the next question correctly:

- What false information is presented on the billboard in this press release? How about in the press release as a whole? (I saw the billboard in Boston on Friday, prompting this post.)

I'm not looking for people who oppose the ban. You already understand the issues. I'm looking for people who support it, because I don't think you understand what you're supporting. I am willing to bet that most of you have some wildly incorrect assumptions upon which you base your support of the ban--about what the ban allows and disallows, and about the technical aspects of firearms in general. And I can prove it.

I'll keep any discussion rational and civil, and I ask that any comments follow suit. Any takers?

I hope I get some takers because AWB supporters know less about their issue than any other issue supporters I know. They need a fact injection. It can be tough medicine to take when you're as emotionally tied to something as they are--to the point of dismissing facts or even inventing facts to support their beliefs--but maybe the lightbulb will turn on for someone.
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