Sunday, February 10, 2008

GunFacts, JadeGold hasn't any

As is always the case with the gun-bigots, they don't have any facts, and do nothing more than spew their bullshit, and try to pass it off as if they know something.

And as anyone knows, the "Assault Weapons Ban" is/was a complete misnomer, as it didn't do anything of the sort. As set forth in USC 18, Section 922 of the Federal Code, it states clearly what is, and is not to be imported, assembled, and what features civilian, versus Gummint-issued, weapons may have. Concisely, from The Federal Observer;

The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban - A Public Opinion Nightmare

On September 13th 1994, HR4296, the so-called Assault Weapon's Ban, was signed into law. Under the guise of reducing crime, it outlawed future manufacture and importation of several specific firearms, and arbitrarily limited choice features of all future firearms eligible for sale in the United States. Proponents of the bill touted military look-alike rifles as "dangerous weapons of mass destruction" in an effort to win public support for an outright ban on such "evil" features as bayonet lugs, folding stocks, and curved magazines. While they may have succeeded in convincing a narrow majority of legislators to vote in favor of the ban, they did not succeed in convincing the American public, especially not those who even pretended to know anything about firearms. The resulting public outcry among the gun-owning community of the United States galvanized the gun lobby, and has contributed to the outcomes of every subsequent election. Ironically, this law may prove to be the beginning of a marked trend that unifies gun owners as a more homogeneous voting block than ever before.

In a somewhat twisted display of constitutional irony, the Assault Weapons Ban contains a ten-year sunset clause. Unless renewed by a subsequent act of Congress, the law will simply disappear on September 14th of 2004. Weapons and accessories that have been illegal for the last ten years will once again appear new on shelves around the country...

Anatomy of a Ban

In order to fully understand the effects of the Assault Weapon's Ban and how they relate to public opinion, we must first examine the law itself and its implications.

According to information garnered from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence(tm), "the federal assault weapons ban, was passed as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. President Clinton signed it into law on September 13, 1994."

[1] It is also known as " The 1994 Public Safety and recreational Firearms Use Protection Act" (though it has little or nothing to do with protecting any firearms use) or simply as "The Crime Bill".

[2]The law specifically names 19 different firearms as patently illegal, and specifies that three or more of the following features present on a single firearm constitutes an assault weapon.

  • A folding or telescoping stock
  • A pistol grip
  • A bayonet mount
  • A flash suppressor, or threads to attach one (a flash suppressor reduces the amount of flash that the rifle shot makes. It is the small birdcage-like item on the muzzle of the rifle)
  • Muzzle capable of acting as a grenade launcher.
  • Magazine capacity over 10 rounds

Weapons manufactured, imported, or configured in such a manner prior to the passage of the 1994 Act were "grandfathered" as having a "pre-ban" status. This had a two-pronged effect on the gun market. One was a steady and almost immediate
inflation in prices of pre-ban weapons and high capacity magazines, their now
limited availability causing an artificial stratification in price structure. Second, was the introduction of various "post-ban" weapons designed to circumvent the particulars of the law, while providing a similar function or appearance to their pre-ban counterparts, albeit minus the full cosmetic effect or hefty price tag. The price of these pre-ban weapons skyrocketed in the months prior to the ban and has been rising slowly but steadily over the last ten years. Manufacturers, fearing the worst, stepped up production of these banned items in order to insure that profitable amounts were on hand once the Bill was inevitably passed. For example, the cost of the AR-15 series of rifles has more than doubled since the Ban first was introduced into Congress in April of 1994.

[3]Post-ban look-alike rifles, though lacking some or all of the banned features, are often functionally identical to their pre-ban predecessors, and fill a market vacuum created by the passage of an ineffective, bean-counting law that a only a tax-collector could be proud of. Indeed the term "assault weapons" is a misnomer. Gun Digest defines true assault weapons as "...fully automatic, selective-fire, or equipped with mission-specific features designed only for military and law enforcement application."


The most abhorent part of this legilation, in terms of "banning" anything, was the limitation of the sale of new detachable magazines being limited to 10 rounds. Existing mags were exempt, or "grandfathered" under the law (as were existing firearms, btw.) That was the sticky part of the whole mess, and one that your garden-variety Democrat (and some Republicans) couldn't (still can't) wrap their heads around. If not for this provision, I think most of us gunnies couldn't have cared less about the other crap contained in the law, honestly.

ALL of the actual firearms that this idiot thinks were "banned" were deemed legal for sale by the god-awful BATFE, since that entity controls this through a "sample" test, and were sold, quite legally, to those who wanted to fork over the cash for rifles, sans features. There was no "ignoring" the law, as Guy Cabot is wont to complain is the case. Again, he knows nothing.

I happen to have one of these "post-ban" type rifles, an AK clone, that was imported in late '97, with the offending pistol grip and muzzle device removed and replaced with a unitized, thumbhole (butthole, as it's usually referred to) and a semi-permanent nut welded to the muzzle. These modifications, along with grinding off the bayonet lug, were considered sufficient to pass muster under the aforementioned "features" test, and the importer allowed to distribute, and the dealer to sell.

So, in summary, there weren't any "bans" of any firearms, except those 19 specifically named, and those so named were usually renamed, re-featured, and then sold legally thereafter in complete compliance with the law.

As I've always known, Jade (Guy Cabot) is just a fucking moron.

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