Little Rhody resident Ashton wrote this pro-gun statement himself.
To: Thomas W. Ross, President, The University of North Carolina
From: F. Paul Valone, President, Grass Roots North Carolina
Re: Your recent comments on House Bill 937, “Amend Various Firearms Laws”
Dear Mr. Ross:
WRAL-TV yesterday quoted you as saying that provisions in House Bill 937 (“Amend Various Firearms Laws”), and particularly its provision allowing concealed handgun permit-holders to keep firearms in locked vehicles on college campuses would “increase the risk to public safety and hamper our ability to protect not only our students, staff and faculty, but also campus visitors.” Perhaps your view from the Ivory Tower is obstructed, Mr. Ross, so allow me to describe the landscape . . .
TTAG’s been tracking TrackingPoint’s “precision guided rifle” for some time. We just blogged Remington’s announcement that its super-secret Venture X project is a TrackingPoint rifle of one sort or another. The Austin company’s software/hardware combo makes it possible for just about anyone to hit a long range target with a rifle. That’s a good thing, right? Public radio station KUT is not so sure. In fact, they found someone, a vet no less, to throw cold water on the whole idea . . .
When it comes to reason and logic, gun control advocates ain’t got game. For example, the anti-gun lobby’s rationale for restricting ammunition magazine capacity—madmen will pause to reload—singularly ignores the easy availability of “high capacity” magazines for criminals, the ease with which spree killers swap magazines (e.g. Virginia Tech) and the benefits of maximum magazine capacity for armed defenders. Yes, there is that. People who wish to defend themselves with whatever firearms they choose are America’s new “silent majority.” Only we’re not so silent these days. Yes but—gun rights advocates’ testimony doesn’t have anywhere near the oomph of the ballistically bereaved. Is it wrong to hope that there’s a point after which the misguided lobbying of the bloody shirt brigade loses its ability to influence the public? Are we reaching that point?