Bill Woerlee says:
If you want to derail a debate, start demanding definitions.
Excuse: the devil is in the detail.
Because there is a lack of trust in the spirit of the law, it is not a simple process of defining a class of weapons, now it is necessary to detail the manufacturing process and architecture of the weapons for listing. It is this dickering that frustrates the ordinary citizen.
The best way of dealing with arms control is to create an exhaustive list of weapons that can be legally purchased under particular specified conditions (age, training, security etc). Those weapons not detailed on the list by regulation are by default, illegal. This puts the onus of proof of legality on the individual, the right place where an individual right belongs viz, the responsibility attached to the right.
“If you want to derail a debate, start demanding definitions.”
BillW… thanks for that statement. Your post made me realize that because I know very little about types of guns, I’ve abdicated my right to this discussion.
One doesn’t have to know the intricacies of car engines in order to be in favor of traffic lights and speed limits. One doesn’t have to have gone to medical school to want regulations on doctors and hospitals.
I may not know the ins and outs of guns… but I damn well know I want better gun regulations for the safety of everyone. IMO, we need this discussion… and all of us have something of value to add to it.
Let the experts sort out the definitions within the bills and laws.