Friday, December 14, 2012

Guns - Stormy Weather

It's still early and the whole story is not yet out, but the Newtown massacre will no doubt figure heavily in the upcoming legislative session.  The Dems, having taken control of the legislature and the governors office think that now would be the time to "have a discussion about guns" which is PC speak for "try to grab all we can".

Locally there are mutterings as to what is about to be proposed, and mayor Bloomberg is planning to figure significantly in the writing of the bills. Speculation at this point is that the following will or may be addressed, via Greg Smiths newsletter:

Updated information on anti-Second Amendment bills in the 2013 Colorado Legislature
We can expect 14 to 20 anti-gun bills. The current Democrat package includes:
A ban on an undetermined number of semi-automatic firearms (No grandfather clause);
A ban on magazines of over ten rounds (No grandfather clause);
Making an individual with a violent misdemeanor a "prohibited person" re: gun ownership;
A ban on private sales by requiring universal background checks;
A waiting period on background checks that will kill gun shows;
Rollback of concealed carry on college campuses;
More strict enforcement of gun confiscation related to restraining orders; and
Wider use of mental health treatment information for gun control purposes.
Published reports indicate that rabid, anti-gun, millionaire, New York City Mayor Bloomberg is sending a well-funded team to Colorado to push gun control.

Bloomie counts 13 Colorado mayors as his minions, and the standard talking points will be rolled out. The question to be asked is why the legislature wants to disarm the law abiding citizens to the benefit of the thugs?

I was communicating with some gun rights folk in England (yes they have some) and his rather discouraged position was that every time you ask the government to let you protect yourself, they drag out the Dunblane massacre in which a man with an SKS killed 16 children and a teacher which resulted in a nationwide ban on handguns. My observation was that the tragedy occurred not because a man had a gun, but because only one man had a gun.

Perhaps a counter proposal that some percentage of the faculty at public schools be trained and given CCW . A double whammy here since the CCW teachers would be unlikely to vote with the sheep and could be a "bad influence" on them

1 comment:

Brad K. said...

Too bad you can't use FBI stats showing *reduced* violent crimes, and fewer accidental shootings, where more guns and handguns have been made legal. Like, consistently over the last decade.

You might point out that all college campus shootings have taken place where guns were illegal; none where the opposite is true. I know I would rather reduce the risk of someone choosing to run amok thinking my place would be a good place to stage a "final exit".