Tom Diaz, of the pro-gun-control Violence Policy Center says, "If the existing assault weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another" in "reducing death and injury." What this means is he wants a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. No more skeet shooting, huh? He says that semi-automatic weapons fire almost as fast as automatic ones. Well, pump action weapons and revolvers fire almost as fast as semi-automatic weapons. Lever action weapons fire almost as fast as pump action weapons. And bolt action weapons are almost as fast as lever action. Don't worry, sportsmen, the gun control nannies are coming for you next.
Tom Diaz won't mention the skyrocketing crime rates in Britain and Australia, where gun control has done nothing to keep criminals from getting firearms. He won't tell you that the street price for illegal firearms in Britain is barely higher than at gun shops here, even though Britain is an island. And he won't tell you how we can prevent gun smuggling when we can't prevent cocaine smuggling.
Via The Volokh Conspiracy.