At 1/26/13 03:01 PM, RacistBassist wrote:
Any semi-automatic gun with a "military" feature
Didn't New York already have a state law virtually similar to the federal assault weapons ban? I thought the SAFE act just codified a stricter definition among other things, not implementing the actual ban itself.
At 1/26/13 02:47 PM, LemonCrush wrote:
So, basically any gun with more than a 7 round capacity.
That's pretty funny. Not "haha" kind of funny but "...oh god..." kind of funny.
It's this kind of stuff that just makes me hate being on the pro-gun control side, where all "we" have to show for is the most retarded legislation. If you're not banning handguns, you're doing jack shit to stop crime. I don't know what it would take for legislators to get this, but there's also the frustrating possibility that they probably do. They're basically cowards, quite frankly, because they're too worried to tread new waters. It seems callous, but it needs to be said: the purpose of the SAFE Act was to score political points, and you can't score points if you try to enact a law which will face a ton of backlash and is probably unconstitutional to boot, ending up bogged down in court for years. They just don't want to spend the time, money and political capital necessary to implement a weapons ban that involves handguns with the exception of limiting magazine capacity limits in lieu of the AWB. The purpose of that is - although the AWB is a known dumb law - it does have one upside, which is that it is a known quantity in terms of the law and public perception, and as an added bonus it's unlikely to trigger any new court challenges that can build on stuff like McDonald.
Although I admit this is an oversimplification, the end result of the SAFE Act is that it essentially targets sport shooters and does nothing to curb criminals. I have no problem if the lives of sport shooters are made more difficult if any sort of gun control legislation is passed and it's demonstrably proven to lower crime and homicide rates, tough shit. But if that's all it effectively does, then I'd be narrow minded to support it. It's worth clarifying here that I don't actually think the intention behind the law was to specifically target sport shooters and let criminals get away, I just believe that the lawmakers ostensibly don't care that much about sport shooters or crime, as the law is appearing more and more to me as a feel good measure that was written with more of an emphasis on political expediency than out of any real interest in reducing crime, or hurting sport shooters for that matter.