Quote of the Day: That’ll Do Edition


“Kansans already have two documents granting them the right to concealed carry — the Constitution of the United States and the Kansas Constitution. That should be all they need.” – Kansas State Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady in Kansas to join states allowing concealed guns without permit [at ljworld.com]


Quote of the Day: Arsenal Owners of America Unite!

“This is why the NRA is so extreme: The arsenal owners control it. Poll after poll shows that the NRA’s political positions do not in any way reflect the opinions of gun owners or even rank-and-file NRA members. The NRA is run by and for a group of people who have invested a huge amount of money, time and emotional energy in their gun collections. That takes them far outside the American mainstream but also makes them willing to fight so hard for unregulated guns that it seems completely irrational. But understand, to the arsenal owners, it isn’t.” – Bernie Horn, Gun Ownership Is Declining, So Why Is The Gun Lobby So Powerful? [via billmoyers.com]


Quote of the Day: Pushing Back Twice as Hard Edition


“What we have accomplished in many of the instances is stopping bad things from happening. Remember the beginning of the second term of Obama. We had the horrible shooting in Sandy Hook. And President Obama didn’t come out and say ‘Let’s target violent criminals,’ which is what he should have done and brought together bipartisan agreement. Instead he used it as excuse to go after law-abiding citizens. Much of Washington was consigned, [saying] ‘We can’t stop this, the train is moving, get on board.’ I did everything I could to energize and mobilize the grassroots to stand up and protect the Second Amendment. And every single proposal of Barack Obama to undermine the Second Amendment was voted down on the Senate floor.” – Ted Cruz in After the Sandy Hook kids were slaughtered, Ted Cruz was more worried about protecting guns [at rawstory.com]


Quote of the Day: Outside Agitator Edition


“Openly carrying a weapon — which is allowed by the constitution — disrupts basically everything going on in the city. I have a great deal of respect for the Second Amendment … but I have very little patience for people who come in to make show and disrupt city operations.” – Aurora (CO) city councilman Bob LeGare in Aurora bans open carry of guns at the municipal center [at denverpost.com]


Quote of the Day: Socratic Method Edition


“Will the subliminal message in every classroom be that we live in a world so dangerous that we have to be armed? Are we affirming the preeminence of force over ideas? Will some young gun-carrying dude – they’ll nearly all be males – be distracted by the fantasies of power that a gun bestows? Will he assume that his ideas are more valid because he imagines that he is protecting the rest of us? Will unarmed students be reluctant to challenge the ideas of the armed? Will they feel less inclined to express positions that differ from those of students with weapons? Will some students feel afraid or intimidated in a classroom that includes several strangers with prominently displayed weapons? Will some feel a need to arm themselves? Will I?” – John M. Crisp in How will guns and college classrooms mix? [at mcclatchydc.com]


Quote of the Day: A Right Delayed is a Right Denied Edition


“During the years in which the Legislature has failed to pass campus carry legislation, high-profile shootings have occurred at the University of Texas at Austin and several blocks from the Texas A&M campus in College Station, and a stabbing incident in which more than a dozen people were wounded took place at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus. These locations are currently classified as ‘gun-free zones,’ but in reality, they are simply places where [concealed handgun license holders] are rendered defenseless against criminals under current law.” – NRA-ILA statement in Texas college students may soon be able to carry their guns to class [at washingtonpost.com]


Quote of the Day: Boss of the Year Edition


“I would hate to have something happen to any employee and think, ‘Gee, if I’d told them about gun ownership and given them the training (for) defending themselves…’ We’ve never had a problem in the office or anything but, just, the world’s a dangerous place.” – Attorney Eric Puryear in Davenport attorney gives employees bonuses to carry guns [at wqad.com]


Quote of the Day: On the Ramparts Edition


“Make no mistake: Whether it’s guns on campus, lowering or eliminating permitting requirements for concealed carry, or pushing for open carry of handguns, it’s just an attempt by the gun lobby, and the lawmakers who carry out their wishes, to put more guns in more places, no questions asked. For decades, the gun lobby has pushed in state legislatures for laws that profit gun manufacturers, but now Moms Demand Action is pushing back in all 50 states, so that these attempts no longer go unchecked.” – Shannon Watts in GOP-Controlled State Legislatures Passing Wave Of Bills Expanding Gun Rights [at huffingtonpost.com]