Midnight Bombers January 16, 2013Posted by Toy Lady in guns, Musings, Not about Food, Politics, random stuff.
If you live anywhere near a radio, the internet, or any other form of communication, you’ve likely heard about the New York legislature’s newest attack on its citizens.
It’s not enough to tax us into the ground – oh no.
It’s not even enough that it’s apparently okay, in this state, for newspapers to publish names and addresses of law-abiding citizens who are, well, abiding laws.
Now they’re coming after our guns.
That’s right – I said it. I don’t care if it makes me sound like a right-wing wing-nut.
This week, our legislature, under cover of darkness, and with no discussion, no due diligence, and HEAVEN FORBID we should ask the constituents what they think, passed what’s been lauded as the “most restrictive gun laws in the country.”
In the middle of the night, with no input from the very people who are most affected, our state government passed a package of laws that essentially criminalizes a significant portion of the State’s more conservative population.
And, based on the President’s press conference, I can only assume that as New York goes, so goes the nation.
Now I am aware that many people, probably even many of our readers, “don’t like” guns. Obviously nobody in either Albany or Washington does.
And you know what? That’s fine. I’m not asking you to own guns, or even to like them. That’s your prerogative. And it’s none of my business.
Just like someone else’s guns are none of your business.
This is just so wrong, though, in so many ways.
Oh, where to start?
How about with the fact that the horrible events at Sandy Hook and our own Webster firefighters were used as political props.
Let me repeat that. Both the Governor of the State of New York and the President of the United States used these tragedies as leverage to ram through unconstitutional laws.
They have used two recent instances where mentally ill people (e.g., nut jobs) gained illegal access to weapons and used them to murder, in the first case, innocent children, and in the second, first responders.
Do I agree that these horrors are unacceptable? Of course. But I most adamantly do NOT believe the actions of two (TWO!) criminals should be used as an excuse to unreasonably restrict the rights all of the others who would never dream of such acts?
And frankly, does anyone even believe that restricting legal gun ownership is going to matter?
Does anyone really think that, by tightening the gun laws, that’s really going to get guns “off the streets?”
Neither the Newtown killer nor the Webster shooter was a legal gun owner. And I’m willing to bet they didn’t buy their ammo legally either. Huh.
Then there’s the restriction on magazine size. But I’m sure that your average school shooter would probably stop and reload after 7 shots, too.
The really sad thing?
They’re all pretending this is about protecting the children.
This legislation – and the backlash that will (hopefully) follow is about one thing, and one thing only – and it’s not the kids.
It’s about the Second Amendment, and they know it.
It’s not about hunter’s rights.
It’s not even about self-defense.
It’s about citizens having the power to overthrow a corrupt government – what it’s always been about. And they know it.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.