CNN as well as the Miami Herald carried this story of the terrible shooting that occurred in the Liberty City section of Miami yesterday. The results: two dead, nine wounded. From the CNN story we have this:
Police Chief John Timoney said that at least one man with an AK-47 "discharged numerous rounds, then ran around the corner. There were some more rounds discharged there from an AK-47 and another weapon."
In the video interview, which you can see on the Miami Herald site, the Police Chief spoke quite eloquently about the Assault Weapons Ban. He would like to see it reinstated under the Obama administration. It made me wonder about all the criticism I've heard about this particular position. Gun enthusiasts usually attribute this attitude to people like myself, bleeding-heart liberals who don't know enough about guns or the 2nd Amendment to have an opinion. Does Chief Timoney fall into this group? Or is his opinion a more considered one?
Mayor Diaz also got into the act. He mentioned that the U.S. Conference of Mayors has been pushing for the reinstatement of this Assault Weapons Ban for a long time. I don't imagine that could mean 100% of the mayors, but I'll bet it includes a good cross section.
"These are weapons of war, and they don't belong on the streets of Miami or any other street in America," Mayor Manuel Diaz said.
I say the AK-47, and other weapons like it, do not qualify as simple inanimate objects like cars or tools. I say they're something more than that, and simplistic comparisons make no sense to me. Some people say there's no use prohibiting something because that's proven not to work. I say, the reasons some of the famous prohibitions haven't worked is because too many people didn't want them to work, e.g. prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and prohibition of cocaine today.
Another song the pro gunners keep singing is that laws only affect the law abiding. Well that's probably true to an extent, and certainly initially. If assault weapons were banned outright, for example, the law abiding would be most affected at first, but soon the trickle down affect would make a major impact on the criminal world. These guns would become much harder to come by, prohibitively expensive, and by that time we'd have a major decrease in their criminal use.
What's your opinion? Is there a legitimate reason to own an AK-47? Is one really necessary for that legitimate purpose? Why are the gun folks so opposed to the ban on assault weapons, since Chief Timoney we so in favor of it? Do you think his opinion is representative of Police Chiefs in major cities? Don't they know what they're talking about?
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