Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, March 05, 2004

Could Somebody PLEASE Explain this to Me?

Our good, caring, well-intentioned friends over at parrot a Violence Policy Center report that Illinois has More Assault Weapon Manufacturers than Any Other State:
Although the federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1994, the gun industry has willfully circumvented federal law and created through a process dubbed "sporterization" a new generation of assault weapons and re-named them "post-ban" or "after-ban" assault weapons. The gun industry has evaded the intent of Congress to get military style semi- automatic assault weapons off the streets by making minor cosmetic changes and producing "clones" and "knock-off" versions to continue to sell for profit at the expense of public safety.
Or, by following the letter of the law, the gun manufacturers are making "safe" semi-auto weapons without the "dangerous features" that make "assault weapons" so deadly. Now all they make are soft, warm, and fuzzy "sport utility rifles." Continuing:
Since 1994, six Illinois gunmakers -- ArmaLite, Inc., D.S. Arms, Inc., Eagle Arms, Les Baer Custom, Inc., Rock River Arms, Inc., and Springfield Armory, Inc. -- have manufactured post-ban assault weapons. Today, all, except apparently for Springfield Armory, Inc., manufacture post-ban semi-automatic assault weapons.
Only because they couldn't figure out how to make the pretty wood-stocked M1A out to be an evil "black rifle." It doesn't have a pistol grip.

Ok, somebody please explain to me how and why there are six firearms manufacturers in a state as blatantly anti-gun as Illinois? Especially when there are so many gun-friendly states (with better weather)? Illinois certainly isn't a tax haven.

The rest of the blurb is the typical VPC garbage, especially the part trying to make the AWB extension defeat out as some sort of a victory for gun control.

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