Gun Debate Over — The Guns Won

Fun new ways to use an assault rifle

The question is: Why would anyone need an assault rifle?

As far as I can determine, the answer is: We the people need assault rifles in case the government tries to take away our assault rifles.

While this may pass as advanced logic among gun and ammo extremists, it does sound just a bit paranoid.

Which is not to say that paranoids don't have enemy government agents circling in black helicopters waiting for the right opportunity to seize their arsenals.

I think there is a better justification for assault rife ownership other than civil war, which I'll get to in a second.

Before being hijacked, the NRA used to be about hunting and sport shooting. Now it's about the far-right politics of its far-right leadership.

And this far-right leadership is very good at politics, so good in fact that the gun control debate is essentially over. They won, and they won big.

To understand this, all you had to do is listen to the hue and cry of our leaders for something to be done about personal weapons of mass execution in the wake of Aurora. Hear it?

President Obama's position on gun control was equally deafening. He is in favor of enforcing the laws we already have on the books. If this cop out sounds familiar, it's because it is echoes the views of the NRA.

Mitt Romney's stance on this issue depends on who is trying to be at the moment. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he signed an assault-rifle ban. Now he is just one poll away from appearing in public waving a bazooka.

Anyway, back to the question of why would anyone need an assault rife.

How about hunting? Why don't we allow big and small game hunting with assault rifles?

Hunting, as now practiced, can be frustrating. Hours upon hours of walking and stalking only to get a single shot at an elusive target. The game is weighted too much in favor of the game.

But give people the 2nd Amendment right to squeeze off 50 or 100 shots in a second or two, and nobody goes home disappointed.

Deer overpopulation problem over.

Canadian goose-poop mess cleaned up.

I can't see this as anything but a win-win.

What Chris Shays And Frank Gifford Have In Common

Back when he was announcing NFL games on Monday Night Football, the one thing you could count on Frank Gifford saying every week was: "These teams really don't like each other."

The same might be said for at least one of the two candidates vying for the Republican senatorial nomination here in Connecticut.

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