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Biden: This Isn't Gun Control, It's Gun Safety

Nik L Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 10:02 AM
“That begs the issue of whether or not assault weapons have any utility." No, it does not, especially not from any entity of the national government. The right to keep & use firearms that is explicitly protected by the Constitution “shall not be infringed.” Therefore, it is legally irrelevant what the nature of the firearm is. So, instead of focusing solely on something that is legally protected by the Constitution, how about spending some time on the violence, which is nowhere protected, except in cases of self-defense. E.g., why has the number of people confined in mental hospitals dropped to 5% of what it was in the mid-50s when the population has almost doubled? Has the rate of mental illness diminished by a factor of 40?
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 10:28 AM
It's them mean old Republicans--they don't want to spend rich people's money on mental health.

As Leah already reported, yesterday Vice President Joe Biden held a Google+ hangout so he could answer direct questions about new gun control measures being pushed by the administration. On top of saying shotguns are better to use if you want to hit someone, Biden also said the administration's new push isn't gun control but "gun safety." Biden also argued that because assault weapons aren't used often to kill people, they should be banned.

"It is true that the vast majority of gun deaths in America are not a consequence of the use of an assault...