Sigh. This is definitely the big issue that the gun bigots are
pushing, after the assault weapons ban expired. They want this
one badly, and they are pushing it in as many states as they think they
can get it, plus introducing bills in Congress -- presumably to try to
attach to the gun liability protection legislation.
We need to tell our Congressfolk the same thing we did last year: no compromise on gun control!
If you have not already called your Congressfolk to tell them that this
session of Congress, call them. If you have already called, call
them again. And then send email. And then write a letter.
Of course, they can't do it without lying:
caliber sniper rifles, powerful enough to shoot down civilian airplanes
during takeoff or landing, or taxiing on the runaway from over a mile
Even if you could hit an airplane while it was in the
air, something that is practically impossible without a computer-guided
machine gun and radar, all you would do is produce a few holes.
Passenger aircraft are simply not that fragile.
sniper rifles were designed as battlefield rifles to puncturearmor,
attack personnel carriers and fuel tanks, and to be used
forassassination due to the rifle's astonishing range and firepower,
but areeasier to get in Illinois than a handgun.
.50 caliber rifles were designed as civilian rifles for long range
target shooting. The military adopted them after their invention.
"It is simply hard to imagine how anyone could be against
preventing .50 caliber sniper rifles from falling into the wrong
hands," said Thom Mannard, Executive Director of the Illinois Council
Against Handgun Violence.
Somehow, I think that the wrong
hands Thom Mannard is referring to includes any hands that aren't
attached to a police or military uniform.