During a recent discussion, I posited that the US ban on assault weapons having an expiration date was instituted by Congress members being paid by lobbyists from the manufacturer, the NRA, and other sources of wealth to ensure that such an obviously beneficial-to-the-public law didn't stay permanently on the books, to which another responded "No, That Couldn't Possibly Be So"...
... My point being, we don't have limitations on child pornography, we don't have expiration dates on controlled substance laws, who else could possibly be behind such a stupid idea (that a law would fade out) except those who stand to profit from such a law expiring? To me, it seems like common sense that the folks who stand to profit from assault weapons being sold HAD to be the ones who ensured that such a law would expire by paying those who word, review, and pass said law into being through "contributions". Also, though it would make it less easy to get them and I am all-for THAT (anything preventative is better than nothing at all), if people WANT them, they will find a way to GET them.
Am I right?
No matter where you call "home", do laws prevent you or those you know from obtaining things you really want to get your hands on?
This can be something as "innocent" as a video game (Australians, did your formerly-strict laws on game content prevent you from playing banned games?), blue jeans, or electronics... To things as universally egregious as an assault rifle or dangerous drugs like heroin or cocaine, do strict laws make things any more difficult to find in your country/ city/ community?
I think we all agree that automatic weapons aren't usually built for hunting anything but a human being, yet there are literally MILLIONS of them on the planet due to arms manufacturers shipping them to conflict areas for use by various military... A percentage of those arms fall off a truck, and into the hands of black-market dealers, and they can find there way into anyone's hands, who wants to pay the toll. Frank Lucas has stated that his heroin empire was supplied by the contacts he established in the military and their presence in South-East Asia during the 1970s... Cocaine for arms during the Reagan administration by the CIA is also well-documented, fueling the rise of Crack in the African-American community during the 1980s. Availability was enhanced by the very government sworn to protect it's citizens from such things...
... Are automatic weapons any different?
Do laws make things any harder to get, in your experience?
Please answer honestly, and as always - Thanks for popping in to contribute!