New York rejects NRA with new gun control laws
The Kansas City Star
Hope President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the too-often cowering members of Congress are watching what’s happening with gun control in the state of New York.
State lawmakers today are expected to pass some strict new laws exactly one month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre killed 26 people, including 20 young children.
The law is a complete rejection of the NRA’s lobbying for American politicians to keep their hands off the guns of Americans.
That is great news for gun control advocates, and for believers in the Second Amendment.
The state is not regulating guns by taking all of them out of U.S. households. No, the state is saying it has a right - through elected representatives - to make sure guns capable of mass killings can’t be sold any more in the state.
And that ammunition magazines capable of killing dozens of people at a time can’t be sold.
And that stricter regulation is necessary to keep the guns out of hands of mentally ill people.
You see, the New York legislature has seen through the foolishness of the NRA and some of its supporters. They keep saying the Second Amendment means guns can’t be taken away from Americans, that the amendment is all-powerful.
But it’s not. Even the NRA wants to take the guns away from the mentally ill in some cases.
So if the government can pass legislation doing that, the government can pass laws that state what else can happen in the field of gun control - as long as Americans overall still have the right to defend themselves.
The New York laws don’t go far enough. They should go ahead and kill the production and purchase of all assault weapons that can kill and maim.
Still, the laws are a start to a safer and saner society.