We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
tbh, under current US law, Loughner indeed should not have been able to purchase that weapon because of his mental state.
He was taking psychotropic drugs, had been detained for being "a danger to himself and those around him" several times, and was a known user of controlled substances.
Whether those factors should bar one from purchasing weapons is another discussion, whether the police should have a right to detain someone merely for being schizophrenic is another discussion, but that's the law in the US at the moment and it wasn't enforced, knowingly, by the Pima county law enforcement authorities under sherriff Dupnik.
I tried to point out (and was deleted) at the linked blog that the use of the term "semiautomatic" was incorrect when applied to pistols. The correct term for Glocks, 1911s and their ilk is "automatic" or "auto-loading." Most of the commentators giving advice on correct terminology at the blog do not know this. One person was aware that an automatic revolver was developed at one time.
The terminologies for rifles and pistols developed independently, but nowadays many people try to merge them. The term equivalent to automatic rifle would be machine pistol or submachine gun (Thompson's term). Of course this is all pedantic (and I am a former teacher), but people claiming expertise should know something of the history of their topic
bob sykes ... A liberal friend of mine posed the question to me as to whether my Taurus The Judge revolver was an automatic. Wishing to be accurate, I asked a former military jet pilot friend of mine if a revolver could be considered an automatic [I figured that this was a trick question]. The former jet pilot answered that it could not be considered an automatic, since the next bullet in the chamber was mechanically indexed into firing position by the firing of the previous bullet.
Does anyone here have a different opinion? Before I get too comfortable with my moral position?