NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- For the first time in at least five to 10 years, gun haters have a real chance to push legislation through. The biggest problem they face is not the gun lobby, but their own ignorance of the situation.
Watching gun banners talk about banning this or banning that is at a comic level equal to John Madden trying to discuss the merits between various Barbie doll dresses as they compare to Bratz dresses. It's painfully obvious most of them have little to no understanding. Worse still, most of their efforts are wasted on unproductive goals.
Sometimes the gun banners are their own worst enemies because what they think they want, and what they really want are usually two totally different things.
Usually they are talking about the so-called "assault weapons." Technically, the term is usually used incorrectly when referring to the "evil black rifles," a.k.a. modern sporting rifles; but in fairness, gun rights advocates often go over the top trying to explain the difference.
Gun banners love to show off these evil looking weapons and proclaim on the top of a soap box how they serve no purpose. Recently a senator from California stated she was going to introduce another piece of legislation similar to the assault weapons ban of 1994. She is as confused on the issue as any. Instead of focusing improving safety, she is focused on narrowing purchasing choices. She simply doesn't know what she really wants.
It's clear that modern sporting rifles are not a problem relatively speaking when it comes to crime. If you could stop killings by banning items, you would want to ban hammers before you ban evil black rifles. According to the FBI blunt objects like hammers, clubs, etc. kill more people than evil black rifles each year.
How about knifes? If you really want to stop killings, you would ban knifes before rifles. Gun banners don't understand what they really want any more than Maddon fumbling around with a Barbie dress with his large fingers.
What about the children? As a father of three boys, nothing is of greater importance to me than the safety of my sons. If I believed a cosmetic restriction on guns would make my boys safer, I would not hesitate to advocate threaded barrels, adjustable stocks, pistol grips, and bayonet lugs get banned.