DURST: Military Style Assault Weapons Ban

The Clinton administration announced it will permanently ban imports of 58 types of military style assault weapons. The ones that snuck through a loophole in the last permanent banning. The National Rifle Association claims these guns are legitimate hunting rifles. OK. I can buy that argument. I mean, you can also use a chain saw to cut butter. Just going to get a little messy around muffin time is all I'm saying. "Honey, clear the kids". If you think about it, a hand grenade will signal the end of recess. Might be convenient to cut through the boombox clutter. You could even affix a stamp to an envelope with a 20 pound sledgehammer. Probably affix the envelope to the desk as well. But hunting? Can you imagine putting a full clip into a deer at 30 yards? You'd end up with venison jerky. In noun and verb forms. I know, I know, I know. The Second Amendment guarantees a well regulated militia the right to bear arms, but I'm thinking the Founding Fathers had to be thinking of one shot muskets, not magazined shotguns marketed in comic books as "Streetsweepers." Just regulate the ammo. As even the NRA would tell you: guns don't kill people, its those darn bullets that make the holes that the blood leaks out of way too quick that's to blame.

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