Why Not Renew the “Assault Weapons” Ban? Well, I’ll Tell You… « Kontradictions


It’s not easy being a leftist who loves guns. It’s like being a Republican who listens to NPR or supports single payer health care. But being a leftist, I get exposed to all the liberal publications and media that invariably call for gun control every time someone does something stupid with one. Being a gun enthusiast, I also get exposed to the political Right’s oversimplification of those liberals as somehow lacking moral fiber or true appreciation of freedom. Rather than agreeing with both, I tend to end up arguing with both. It’s exhausting to always feel like I’m apologizing for the other “side”.

This article takes a point of view, but aims to do so in a way that members of both sides of the political spectrum can understand. I’ll try to give some idea as to why we on the political left roll our eyes at the rhetoric of the NRA, and how we in the “gun culture” can possibly defend something called “assault weapons”.

We all know the cycle by now: Tragic incident occurs, both sides attempt to use it for their political gain, both sides act shocked that the other would attempt to use it for political gain, insults are flung, statistics are cherry-picked, rinse, repeat.

I began writing this some time after the Aurora massacre, but it was just this morning that news started coming in of the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. I knew the wave of cries for a renewal of the “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazine bans hadn’t yet faded from Aurora, and that they would be reinforced by this next event, regardless of how relevant either of the topics were to the incident.

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6 responses to “Why Not Renew the “Assault Weapons” Ban? Well, I’ll Tell You… « Kontradictions

  1. The author has a problem with NRA that really doesn’t exist. While he reasons better than about 99% of the wacky left, he trips up with the NRA which, like it is with the typical leftist, is a bugbear for him. The general population identifies more with the NRA than it does with the left.

    The left thinks it represents the general population. But, it does so only in the legends of their own minds. The general population has tired of the left’s tirades on gun control and has started to see through them. I wish they had started much earlier on fiscal matters, but that still awaits the hard school of experience.

    In the mean time, I’ll keep my Daewoo DR-200 and my 30 round mags and I’ll investigate what other evil, as defined by the moronic left, I can perpetrate.

  2. butch

    One not so minor correction: following a gun-related tragedy we on the right do not attempt to use it for political gain. We react, pre-emptively sometimes, to the progs’ efforts to further curtail our freedoms.

    • LT Rusty

      Just out of curiosity, what do you call “pre-emptive reactions?”

      Myself, I call it an “attempt to use” something “for political gain.”

  3. MikeD

    I was actually thinking about this same topic this morning. Admit it, we DO kind of go a bit overboard that “they want to take our guns”. Yeah, some do. But the majority of folks I see talking about “doing something” really just want to see the government pass some legislation to “do something” about this. It will make them feel safer (until the next time this happens). For most folks who cry about “reasonable gun control” it’s NOT about an ultimate ban on all guns. Yes, those people DO exist, but they’re in the minority of the minority of folks who want gun control in general. Most people do not want our guns.

    That said, it’s disingenuous as hell for them to then say “that slippery slope argument is just paranoia!” After all, these are the same people who will squeal about talk of ANY limits on abortion as a slippery slope towards a total ban. Yes, there are conservatives who want a total ban, but to the folks who are afraid of any restrictions, it’s not paranoia to suspect ANY restrictions on abortion to be the nose of the camel in the tent. So how in the hell can they not see it as the same thing in reverse on gun control? because it’s not their ox being gored. And that’s just human nature.

    • The problem is, while many don’t want to ban all guns, the actual legislators and regulators who would enact “reasonable” gun control DO want to ban them all.

      Just look at Fienstein’s bill.

    • MikeD

      You’re not wrong, Brad. But until we actually get tough on legislators who sponsor unconstitutional laws (impeachment for violation of oath of office if a law they pushed is found unconstitutional) they’re going to continue to throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks. But this “DO SOMETHING” attitude is the same nonsense that got us the TSA. It does nothing to prevent the problem, but makes a few people feel safer.