“Massachusetts lawmakers are still grappling with dozens of gun-related bills more than six months after a shooting rampage left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in neighboring Connecticut,” pressherald.com reports. To quote Ellen Foley, STOP RIGHT THERE! Before we go any further, do lawmakers “grapple” with legislation? I’m thinking that “sleazing” would be more apt. Secondly, what bill can prevent another Sandy Hook-style homicidal rampage? The State Troopers, above, understand the importance of firepower in that regard. And as we’ve pointed out before, post-Sandy Hook mental health measures can have the exact opposite effect, discouraging the mentally ill from seeking treatment. Not to mention opening the door to civilian disarmament. Hey, you want gun control? The Bay State’s got gun control. To wit:
[The bills on the Massachusetts legislative agenda] include proposals like Gov. Deval Patrick’s legislation to tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.
While Patrick’s bill takes a sweeping approach to updating the state’s firearms laws, many of the other nearly 60 gun-related bills under consideration are more targeted.
They include proposals that would treat toy guns as true weapons if used during a crime, require gun dealers to collect identifying information from anyone who buys bulletproof vests or body armor, establish statewide gun buyback programs and study whether GPS locators should be installed in guns.
Yet another proposal would create a Gun Offender Registry Board, modeled in part after the state’s existing Sex Offender Registry Board designed to track convicted sex offenders. The gun offender board would maintain a centralized computerized registry of all gun offenders in Massachusetts. The bill defines a gun offender as anyone convicted of the unlawful use or criminal possession of a firearm.
Outlaw “high-powered ammo,” create more criminal classifications, institute “universal” background checks, require body armor registration, spend tax dollars on buying broken-ass guns and investigate useless [if not for Big Brother] firearms “safety” technology and pave the way for a gun owner registry. And that’s what, seven ideas?
Oops. Forgot mandatory liability insurance for firearms owners. Make it eight. Out of sixty. Not bright ideas, the legislature’s traveling road show devised. Propagandize? Whatever. Anyway . . .
What could possibly go wrong? Aside from everything, that is. Face it: “it”—meaning freedom, liberty and self-reliance—has already gone wrong in Massachusetts. The fact that these ideas are seeing the light of day in the state where the Tea Party told an oppressive government where to stick it is deeply saddening. For some. For others, it’s common sense.