Get your surprised face ready. watchdogwire.com reports that MD Governor O’Malley’s Deputy Legislative Officer ordered State Police Commander Captain Jack McCauley [now retired, above] not to answer a simple question posed to him by a legislator in the run-up to the state’s post-Newtown civilian disarmament bill. Would the [then] proposed ban on “assault rifles” and “high-capacity” ammunition magazines reduce crime? McCauley describes his response in an affidavit in a case aimed an over-turning the law (good luck with that): “Shocked that I would not be allowed to respond to a question asked by a member of the General Assembly . . .
“especially after being designated for the ostensible purpose of answering those questions at the meeting, I requested an immediate clarification of her directive. Ms. Paskel then reiterated in no uncertain terms, that I was not to respond to the delegate’s question.”
The response he would have made . . .
Had he been able to answer, McCauley said he would have told the committee that the law would have no effect on crime in Maryland, that banned weapons were almost never used in crimes in the state, it would have no impact on mass shootings, and that those wishing to acquire a magazine with a capacity greater than ten rounds would purchase one out-of-state, rendering the ban ineffective, except to restrict the choices of firearms and magazines by law-abiding citizens.
After the hearing ended, according to McCauley, is when Paskel explained to him in a hallway outside the hearing room, the reason she ordered him not to answer the question because the bill was it was “not about policy; it is just votes.”
McCauley inferred from her that the O’Malley administration was pushing the law “solely to garner political favor” and that they law would have no effect on crime and mass shootings or “didn’t care.”
McCauley finished his testimony stating that he believed Paskel’s statement was an extension of the O’Malley administration’s treatment of firearms issues. McCauley stated that during his time with the MSP Gang Enforcement and Firearms Enforcement units he was involved in the seizure of a number of firearms not involved in crime, and very few of which were banned by the law. “Emphasis was placed,” McCauley said, “on the seizure of these firearms as the Office of the Governor wished to focus solely upon the firearms seized, and not decreasing crime.”
Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Thought so.
It’s been said before. It needs to be said again and again: the antis do not have the facts on their side. They know this. So they use every “trick” they can to forward their agenda: mischaracterization, misdirection, emotional blackmail and outright lies. The friends of firearm freedom must never miss a chance to tell the truth about guns. Those who do are not its friend. [h/t DCW]