Terry Elliott 
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Re: “Kimpson's gun-control bills deserve serious consideration

What soft logic. First the subhead "We must do something." ANYTHING, apparently, even if it wouldn't make any difference except to burden law-abiding citizens.

Then this whopper: "None of the bills would impede or limit lawful gun ownership by law-abiding citizens." But one of the bills bans so-called assault weapons! Clearly banning a whole category of rifles is "impeding or limiting." And rifles of all kinds only account for 2% of shootings, says the FBI. They just look scary, so "we must do something."

Then the 3 whoppers in 2 sentences: "...any attempt to restrict or limit gun ownership, even to those on terrorist watch lists, has been met with opposition." Uh, well, yes, since terrorist watch lists are secret, there's no due process whatever to getting put on one, and now you want to prevent people from buying a weapon who are on the lists (what lists? how many are there? does anyone know?). There's no "right to fly," but there certainly is a right to buy a weapon.

"A rare exception to that has been South Carolina's own Boland Bill, which was designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill." And it's the NRA who has testified for years that, in their words "we need to keep guns out of the hands of these lunatics." It was the NRA's testimony that exposed 32 states who were not supplying mental health data to the NCIS, as well as other problems with the data.

Then, acting as if we have NO GUN CONTROL LAWS WHATEVER, we get this: "If the citizens of this state are dissatisfied with recurring gun violence, then we have the ability to pass laws to address the problem. The other option is to do nothing to address the problem, to preserve the status quo." Since the status quo is a 40-year low in violent crime of all types, I'd say, yeah, let's stay with the status quo. Accidental firearms deaths and injuries are also at a record low point. So chill.

It continues: "When over 20 young children were mercilessly gunned down at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, the real tragedy was that lawmakers voted down a reasonable bill on background checks." Wait wait! We have a background check law, your own liberal favorite the Brady Bill. Would that have stopped Lanza from shooting his mother in the face to get her guns? I don't think so!

Vapid, poorly-reasoned article in its entirety. Sorry, not convincing.

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Posted by Terry Elliott on December 16, 2015 at 1:42 PM
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