Thursday, January 17, 2013

More Republican Crazy

This has been out for a few hours, but here goes.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (got through that without mis-spelling anything!) has dismissed a ban on high capacity magazines, saying:
"If they want a 30-round clip, they're going to get it out of Brazil or the Soviet Union," Bryant said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "It's going to go on the black market. Self-protecting citizens won't have that right, but criminals will."
I don't know about you, but I was alive in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, and it was a rather totalitarian state which banned private ownership of guns as I recall.  Now, I know that the current Russian state has the reputation of having an active criminal underground, but I'd doubt that one could import magazines from that still rather dictatorship-like state for weapons made in the USA.

Somehow, that just makes no sense.

But, hey, he's a Republican, why let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good sound-bite?

Now, I'll admit that he has one point, and that is that as soon as you ban something, somebody somewhere will end up being willing to sell that thing to someone else under the table.  Black markets are a thriving business, everywhere, true.

But they are NOT limited to criminals.  That's the nice thing about criminals, they'll let anybody with the cash buy their illegal goods, thereby turning a once law abiding person into an instant criminal!

Oh, wait...

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