Putting up roadblocks in Massachusetts . . .
A thirtysomething man sought to buy a rifle here last September, and if he had been living in almost any other part of the country, he could have done so easily.
His record was free of arrests, involuntary psychiatric commitments or anything else that might automatically disqualify him from owning firearms under federal law. He could have walked into a gun store, filled out a form and walked out with a weapon in less than an hour.
But he couldn’t do that in Massachusetts because the state requires would-be buyers to get a permit first. That means going through a much longer process and undergoing a lot more scrutiny.
Each applicant must complete a four-hour gun safety course, get character references from two people, and show up at the local police department for fingerprinting and a one-on-one interview with a specially designated officer. Police must also do some work on their own, searching department records for information that wouldn’t show up on the official background check.
FTR, per Section 42 of Dallas City Code, this security guard had no authority to force Will to leave even if @Alyssa_Milano’s organizations had a protest permit as Will did not represent a group or counter-protest. Permits do not give orgs total ownership of public space. https://t.co/vL3osTQS5P
— Ben (@BenHowe) May 5, 2018
WATCH: NRA Member Harassed By Security At Anti-Gun Rally After Asking Alyssa Milano Why Her Bodyguards Are Armed
A member of the National Rifle Association visited Alyssa Milano’s anti-gun rally being held just outside the NRA’s national convention in Texas, and ended up in a bizarre confrontation.
After jokingly asking her bodyguards whether they were armed — it turns out, ironically, that they were — suddenly one bodyguard turned angry and forced the man back to the sidewalk, even though the man was on public property and was not there to counter-protest.
Well, yeah . . .
The couple admitted that the AR-15’s status as an object loathed by so-called “gun-grabbers” contributed to their desire to own it. Purchasing one was an expression of their rights.
“After Parkland,” McCandless said, “we went out and got a second one, just to be safe.” McIlroy said she wanted “whatever I have to get now to ensure I can protect my family later”.
The couple are raising a six-year-old and an 18-month-old. “Keeping children safe is a huge priority,” McCandless said. “The only thing you can do is be prepared. There are bad people in the world and you’re never going to take every gun away. As far as Parkland goes, it’s terrible and something needs to be done, but I don’t think it needs to infringe on our second amendment rights.”
Of course they do . . .
Frustrated by the Legislature’s refusal to pass a ban on assault weapons, a group of gun control advocates is working to put the issue before voters in 2020.
Ban Assault Weapons Now consists of relatives of victims of the mass shootings at Pulse nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as current and former elected officials. A ballot measure is necessary because the Legislature won’t act, group leaders said.
“We didn’t think it was going to happen through the Legislature, [and it] didn’t last year at the height of the emotion surrounding the issue,” said Paula Dockery, a committee member of BAWN and a former Republican state senator from Lakeland. “Just giving the voters of Florida the opportunity to vote on it would be a victory.”
And their students will be safer for it . . .
As students across metro Atlanta and the country head to school each day, the adults in their lives grapple with how to keep kids safe. More police? More guns? Fewer guns? More locks? More cameras? More technology?
Laurens County’s school board approved arming teachers last month. The Florida shooting seemed to set the dominoes falling. Georgia made it legal for school systems to arm teachers in 2012, but this month the Fannin County Board of Education will consider a similar decision, and there are discussions in others, such as Floyd and Bleckley counties. Most metro Atlanta school system leaders have so far declined to consider it, though Clayton County Superintendent Morcease Beasley said after Florida that the issue was “more complicated than a simple yes or no (for or against); it will require a multifaceted response from more than a single entity making a decision.”
Yeah, I’d still want home defense firearms, thank you very much.