Gun-rights groups: Our 'backs are against the wall'
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#1 Jan 12, 2013
As lawmakers from Connecticut to California rush to propose new restrictions on firearms and ammunition, state-level gun-rights activists are playing defense for the first time in years, with some saying they face fights they may not win.
“Our backs are against the wall,” said Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights group.“We are in for the fight of our lives. I have never seen anything like it.”
In a blog post after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the CCDL admitted to its members that efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines could succeed, despite their strident opposition.
The CCDL message said that "we simply do not know" whether they would be "successful in our efforts to protect us from bans on certain firearms or magazines."
As the White House formulates a list of federal proposals to combat gun violence, with recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden’s task force expected by Tuesday, lawmakers at the state level are forging ahead to restrict the sale or possession of certain types of firearms and ammunition.
•In New Jersey, 18 new bills have been submitted to the state legislature, including one that would require gun buyers to submit to a psychological evaluation, according to the Star-Ledger.
• In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on legislators to pass the nation’s toughest ban on assault weapons and restrictions on high-capacity magazines.
•In California, which already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat, said he intends to introduce a bill requiring gun owners to register annually, and another requiring all guns to be kept in lock boxes when not in use.
•In Connecticut, Democratic Sen. Beth Bye wants to limit access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and require that firearms be registered by model and serial number, Reuters reported. Bye also wants to impose a 50 percent sales tax on ammunition and magazines.
•In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, received a standing ovation from some state legislators Thursday when he suggested requiring universal background checks on all gun sales.
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#2 Jan 12, 2013
“Our backs are against the wall,” said Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights group.“We are in for the fight of our lives. I have never seen anything like it.” How can I say this, Scott? YOU ... are an ASS, and your asinine statement would take on some validity if you were in Afghanistan. However ... you're in CONNECTICUT! Now unless there's a sizable contingent of al Qaeda in the burbs of Hartford, you have nothing to worry about. 20 little kids are dead, jackass. And if that means the state has to intervene in order to prevent further atrocities, then so be it. I stand behind my government, not you, not Wayne LaPierre, not the NRA, and certainly not the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.
• In New Jersey, 18 new bills have been submitted to the state legislature, including one that would require gun buyers to submit to a psychological evaluation, according to the Star-Ledger. Scott - do you actually WANT wackadoodles to own guns?
• A ban on assault weapons and restrictions on high-capacity magazines? I love it.
• Annual registration for gun owners? A requirement to have all guns kept in lock boxes when not in use? Those requirements are REASONABLE.
• Sen. Beth Bye wants impose a 50 percent sales tax on ammunition and magazines. It's not high enough, Beth.
• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested requiring universal background checks on all gun sales. He gets my vote.
We're trigger happy. The aforesaid men and women don't want gun control. They want gun responsibility, and they want it within reason. There's a difference between control and responsibility. One is self imposed. One is not. If you have to ask, then you need some guidelines. And while those who are advocates of the Second Amendments are probably wetting themselves, I do hope they keep in mind something called the First Amendment (which I've exercised here. Don't shoot me for it).
Here is what you don't get, Scott: Some men have the wherewithal to self-impose their own restraints. Some do not. The laws and restrictions that are about to be put in place are for this latter group, and it's this latter group who give the former group a bad name. They're overgrown boys who didn't get enough of cops and robbers as kids, and they'll follow ANY LaPierre-ish leader, no matter how errant he may be. They're mindless. Remember the asshat, Charlton Heston, holding up a long rifle before an NRA convention and exhorting, " ... from my cold, dead hands ...?" It just amazes me what an unhealthy dose of testosterone-fueled rage can still do - to a man in his eighties. Trust your government, Scott. It's the best the world has ever known, even with its faults.
#3 Jan 12, 2013
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