A bill has been introduced in Massachusetts by Governor Deval Patrick which would increase gun control, put stricter limits on the size of magazines, increase mental health information sharing, and restrict firearm purchases to one per month. Although the bill is supposedly in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, only the provision about sharing mental health records seems to address the problem. For instance the bill mirrors New York’s new gun control legislation, where permit holders will not be allowed to load their ten round magazines past 7 rounds, and will have to turn in all magazines larger than 10 rounds within a year. A criminal with a ten round magazine will not listen to the law about only loading it to seven rounds, what this does is turn law abiding citizens into criminals if they put more than 7 rounds in a clip.
Furthermore, Adam Lanza did not buy the guns, he stole them, so the one gun a month scheme would have done nothing. Only being allowed to buy one gun a month can only affect people who buy guns legally. Also, if someone was planning a massacre, they would probably start planning early enough so that the one gun a month law would have no effect on the guns they obtain. The one gun a month law is completely aimed at people who obey the law, therefore it will do nothing to prevent crime, and may put some people at risk who have to wait months to properly protect themselves, their families or their businesses.
The bill will also “tighten access to high powered rounds of ammunition”, require private sales to go through a dealer in order to be tracked, and create “tiered punishments for possessing different weapons on school property”. Will the punishment for possessing a gun on school property be worse than shooting yourself in the head? If not, this will not stop tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting. More likely is that some shmuck who just went to the rifle range goes to pick up his kid after school, and gets the cuffs slapped on him because he forgot to disarm himself before driving into the school parking lot. Yesterday I shared a James O’Keefe video which shows the idiocy of gun free zones–declaring to the world that you are completely unable to defend yourself. These laws put innocent people at risk, while the psycho’s who commit these crimes are unaffected, and sometimes assisted in the fact that this law will increase the defenselessness of people in schools.
On a similar note the new gun laws passed in New York “contains the “Webster Provision,” in honor of the firefighters killed in Webster, N.Y. The provision mandates a term of life in prison without parole for anyone convicted of killing a first responder in the line of duty”. Well guess what, the guy that lured the two firefighter to a fire he started in Webster killed himself after killing the firefighters… so apparently life in prison was not a concern for him. In fact he had already been let out of jail after murdering his grandmother with a hammer! Maybe the “Webster Provision” should be a law keeping murderers in jail. According to the website JustFacts.com, “Of 1,662 murders committed in New York City during 2003-2005, more than 90% were committed by people with criminal records“. Also, take a look at these chilling numbers:
A 2002 U.S. Justice Department study of 272,111 felons released from state prisons in 1994 found that within three years of their release:
• at least 67.5% had been arrested for committing a new offense
• at least 21.6% had been arrested for committing a new violent offense
• these former inmates had been charged with committing at least 2,871 new homicides, 2,444 new rapes, 3,151 other new sexual assaults, 2,362 new kidnappings, 21,245 new robberies, 54,604 new assaults, and 13,854 other new violent crimes
Check out the website and you will find stats on the vast amount of Americans who stop crimes every year with their legally owned guns. Keep in mind that these are just the criminals who are caught and released. Only one person is sentenced to prison for every twelve “aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders”. So, many people who have committed crimes have been released to offend again, and many were never caught in the first place. Maybe some of this new legislation should tackle the immense failure of our criminal justice system. As Adam Smith said, “Mercy to the guilty, is cruelty to the innocent”.
Finally, I can’t stand when people say things like “well why would you ever need more than 7 rounds in a magazine”, or “why would you need a high caliber rifle”, or “why would you need a semi-automatic”. People need these all the time. Are all crimes committed by one assailant? No. Also many criminals (at least 30-35% according to Just Facts) carry guns while committing crimes. So this thought of “you don’t need semi-auto” or “you don’t need high capacity magazines” is absolutely absurd. Crimes happen every day, people defend themselves against criminals every day, and it is often extremely beneficial for the victim to be able to fire more than one round without having to cock the gun again or reload, and very beneficial for a victim to have as many shots as needed to stop the assailant or multiple assailants. But if you’re not convinced of the need for everyday protection, consider some instances where things went from good to bad real quick, taken from this townhall.com article.
Take for example the Los Angeles riots in 1992, when business owners were forced to defend their property from angry mobs causing severe chaos: $1 billion in property damage, 50 dead, 4,000 injured, 3,000 fires set and 1,100 buildings damaged. In this case, a handheld pistol was in no way sufficient, but semi-automatic rifles were.
Business owners in LA’s Koreatown knew what was coming their way, so they armed themselves with shotguns and semi-automatic rifles in order to defend their property. They stood on their rooftops as they watched black smoke pour down the street. The cops weren’t there to help them.
The death toll, injuries, and damage done to the semi-auto-high-capacity-magazine-protected Koreatown was much less compared to other areas affected by the riots. Also, let’s take a look at the chaos which erupted in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans became a place of complete anarchy in a matter of hours. In addition to property owners being forced to stave off mobs of people roaming for food, water and shelter to survive as the government failed to provide emergency services, they had to protect themselves against dangerous looters. But not only were New Orleans residents forced to defend themselves against immediate threats to their person and property, residents also had to protect themselves from the government. As the water started to recede, leaving New Orleans a chaotic wasteland, police officers began going door to door confiscating weapons. Who did they take them from? Mostly poor black residents in New Orleans’ 9th Ward.
You know what was also happening in New Orleans at this time? A 31 year old black man named Henry Glover who was unarmed and posed no threat to police, was gunned down by a police officer, David Warren, outside of a strip mall. Apparently realizing that there was no justified reason for murdering this innocent man, two other police officers:
Scheuermann and McRae are accused of beating people who drove Glover to a makeshift police headquarters in search of help. The three men were handcuffed when the officers drove off with the car containing Glover’s body.
The police officer then burned the body of this innocent man in the car to try to cover up the crimes; one of the officers was reportedly laughing as the body burned. I think I will hold onto my semi-auto’s and high capacity mags. If you don’t see the need for them, or that the need could arise at any time, then I think you are living in a make believe fantasy world.