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FL – GUN CONTROL – To have rational gun debate, we need to define the terms

Without defined terms understood by all, there is no meaningful way to have a rational debate about any particular topic. Nowhere is that more dramatically highlighted than in the area of gun control. It is patently obvious from accounts in the paper that many of the advocates for more gun control, including politicians, are clueless about guns in general and wish only to advance their particular cause or agenda without any regard for facts and rational, logical thinking. They all seem to want to ban “assault weapons,” “military-grade assault weapons,” “assault-like weapons,” “automatic weapons,” semi-automatic weapons” and so forth — basically anything that looks like an AR-15, AK-47 or other such weapons they have seen popularized in movies, TV or video games. But they are throwing around terms for which most of them have no meaningful understanding. Almost anything can be an “assault weapon.” For many, especially politicians and activists, the impulse to “do something” in response to a perceived crisis is almost irresistible, even if that something will do next to nothing to abate the crisis. As noted in recent articles citing experts Kevin Fischer and Arthur Evans, there is almost no linkage between mental illness and mass shootings (another term with a slippery definition). Yet red flag laws are becoming politically popular. So, too, there is no empirical evidence that the various bans or enhanced background checks being floated will prevent so-called mass shootings.  [full article]

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