Thursday, June 23, 2016
Now people are starting to ask the right questions
The answer, of course, is all day, every day, and twice on Sundays.
"So, the government somehow defines "assault weapons" in a meaningful way and bans sales of new ones. How is that going to be effective given the millions of disfavored weapons already in circulation? That includes roughly 8 million AR-15-style rifles alone—out of somewhere north of 300 million firearms in general. It's not like they're going anywhere."
I still feel that the 300 million number is extremely conservative given the number of firearms that have been sold in the past few years alone. Of course the author is right in that no branch of government was able to define the term "assault rifle" in a "meaningful way". Just look at how arbitrary the "bayonet lug" or the "shoulder thing that goes up" were or what the SBR brace is now.
Here is the "ah ha"" moment of the ease of nullification that needs to be imparted loud and clear to the disarmament folks:
"People have been 3D-printing AR-15 lower receivers (the parts legally classified as a firearm) for years. More durable receivers are CNC-milled by hobbyists from partially finished blanks as well as raw blocks of metal. These techniques were developed in anticipation of the laws now proposed, with the specific purpose of rendering them impotent."
Even before 3D printers and CNC machines, free men and women did not need permission to make firearms. Pass whatever "feel good" law you law you wish, it does not matter a damn. Firearms manufacturing has been completely and forever democratized. It will in the hands of the people to decide what they are going to give up and what they simply will not.
Anyone interested in hosting coast-to-coast 80% lower parties?