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January 21, 2013

Editorial: ‘Conversation’ on guns was over before it started


There was no “conversation” on these sweeping limitations on the rights of gun owners. They were rushed through the Assembly and immediately signed by Cuomo.

That urgency is the hallmark of the current gun-control push. Advocates want new restrictions passed before the emotions provoked by the Newtown massacre fade. They don’t want a reasoned discussion of what new gun measures might be helpful in reducing crime. They want hastily written, poorly thought-out restrictions passed in a climate of panic and fear.

Using children as props to promote that climate of panic and fear is particularly reprehensible. But it is not surprising that our demagogue-in-chief, President Obama, surrounded himself with children as he signed executive orders and urged Congress to pass new gun-control measures.

When gun-control advocates begin by questioning their opponents’ concern for children’s safety, they betray their lack of interest in having a conversation at all.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick wants to close “loopholes” in what is already one of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws. Patrick’s bill would limit gun purchases to one per month and limit access to “high-powered” ammunition. A proposed competing bill from Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, would require gun owners to buy liability insurance and grant regulators access to all their mental health records.

None of these feel-good measures would have stopped Adam Lanza from going on his murderous rampage in Newtown. He owned none of the guns he used.

Nor would the restoration of the assault weapons ban advocated by President Obama have stopped him. The ban didn’t prevent the Columbine massacre in 1999. Why does anyone believe it would work now?

There is no desire on the part of gun-control advocates to have any sort of conversation at all. They merely want to harangue law-abiding citizens who disagree with them with a lecture on how evil and immoral they are. And when the lecture is over, the punishment will begin.

These measures are all about the liberal urge to “do something” in the wake of tragedy. To whom they do it is not their concern.

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