"Assault weapons laws resemble hate speech laws. Hate speech laws usually begin by targeting a few words that almost no one approves. Once the system for controlling and punishing “hate speech” is put into place, there is little or nothing to stop it from expanding to punish more and more types of everyday speech. Similarly, once an assault weapons law is on the books, there is little to prevent politicians from vastly increasing the number of weapons banned under the law. The main effect of banning assault weapons is to give government an excuse to arrest and imprison millions of Americans while doing little or nothing to reduce crime. America has a limited number of police, and politicians must decide who the real public enemies are. If Mr. Clinton signs an assault weapons ban, it could signal the start of an attack on gun owners’ constitutional rights that could far surpass all previous gun bans."
James Bovard
(1956- ) American author, lecturer
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Any time the Government engages in the practice of singling out and marginalizing an identifiable portion of the population it is engaging in the same social engineering policies used by Hitler, Stalin and a host of other despots. And it should be seen for what it is...a divide and conquer tactic.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The idea of hate crimes and banning assault weapons is simply a foot in the door for all sorts of government attrocities.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    In the de jure body of servants, hired by individual sovereigns united, such represent the each and every, any and all individual sovereign rights. Any deviation from that is tyranny, AND, When a representative (executive, legislative, or judicial) acts outside the authority and personal lawful prowess of each or any one individual sovereign, the representative ceases to represent the individual sovereign but rather (as is the case now) represents a totally aloof and independent occupying statist theocracy or, some other despotic form or unconstitutional tyranny. Welcome to Amerika.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I concur.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    It's bullshit. Hate speech is just that. There are some that would blow the world apart and you want let alone. Grow up losers
     -- poper, here. nc     
    Hey poper...do us all a favor and define "hate speech".
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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