“Gov. Pat Quinn is renewing a push in Illinois to ban assault weapons in the wake of the killings at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded,” chicagotribune.com reports. “The Democratic governor also revealed plans today to propose a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.” The Governor Tweeted his intentions earlier today [above], claiming the moves would make The Land of Lincoln “a safer place to live.” At a press conference, Quinn admitted that the bans are designed to send a message to all Americans . . .
We should show the nation that when something really bad happens, as happened in Aurora Colorado, a horrific massacre, that we don’t stand idly by.
The chances that Quinn’s amendatory veto (of a bill allowing ammo sales by mail) are slim. Still it brings to mind the old expression, don’t just do something, stand there!
Quinn countered arguments that “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” are protected by the Second Amendment by asserting that “there’s also a right to have security in your person and going whether it’s to a movie theater or a class at a university or a shopping mall.” Which is a really good argument for concealed carry, which he also opposes. Go figure.