Come and take them
Scrambling to exploit the Newtown massacre, politicians are rushing out proposals to ban guns, as usual. New York State is not unique in this grandstanding, but here’s Governor Cuomo anyway, as he joins the effort to redefine and limit the Second Amendment;
“No one is talking about making guns illegal,” Cuomo said Monday. “No one is talking about legitimate hunters and sportspeople. We’re talking about illegal guns. We’re talking about abuse of guns. We’re talking about guns that have no real hunting or sporting purpose.
So if it’s not a “hunting weapon”, as he will define it, he wants it confiscated. and he just said it:
“I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’” he said.
Cuomo continued, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
Michael Bloomberg makes the same deliberate conflation of the two topics, bear hunting and the right to bear arms, calling for a ban of all semi-automatic guns, including pistols.
But if he had his preference, Bloomberg said he would go farther than the 1994 ban and outlaw all automatic ** and semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. The mayor said magazines shouldn’t be allowed to contain more than five or six rounds.
“If you haven’t hit the deer with three shots, you’re a pretty lousy shot. The deer deserves to get away,” he said.
As I’ve mentioned here before, my deer hunting rifles are either a single shot (Ruger No. 1 .308) or four (Ruger M77 .270, bolt action) or six (Winchester 1894 lever action .30/30). Those are hunting weapons, and they’re just fine for their intended purpose. But the Second Amendment is about self defense, against both tyrants and, more likely, criminals intent on causing harm, and a single shot rifle isn’t anywhere nearly as suitable for that purpose as a semi-automatic weapon, rifle or pistol – if you miss a deer, “the deer deserves to get away”, as our armed-guard-protected mayor from next door observes. But unlike deer, criminals keep coming, and only a liberal believes they deserve to get away with it.
Liberals prefer to leave their self defense to our police and are rewarded by scenes like that in Cheshire, where the cops waited at the foot of the driveway for half-an-hour while two scum suckers beat, raped and burned alive a doctor’s wife and his two daughters. That split: reliance on government vs. oneself, gets at the very heart of the liberal – libertarian debate in this country.
There’s no question that faced with danger, I’d prefer to have a single shot rifle than no weapon except a portable phone to call for help, but I feel safer with one of my semi-automatic pistols (“semi-automatic” means that for each pull of the trigger, a bullet heads for the bad guy ). The point is not what I prefer, however, nor is it what Cuomo and Bloomberg think I should be permitted to have. What I do have is the right to own what I decide is necessary to protect myself and other people.
Cuomo et als want to terminate that right and confiscate 300 million weapons. The pretense that they’ll stop at just limiting the right of gun ownership to thee-shot hunting rifles is just that: an opening salvo, and in unguarded moments they slip up and admit that.
Which is why the NRA resists the movement for still another “common sense” ban on guns. Gun owners see what’s coming, even if others, unfamiliar with guns and whipped up to a frenzy by an equally ignorant press (just yesterday the New York Times, which employs only low capacity reporters, called for a ban on “high capacity” ammunition) and politicians**.
* “Come and take them” ” [E] xpression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae.”
**automatic weapons, which Mayor Blumberg wants to ban, fire a steady stream of bullets as long as the trigger is depressed and the ammunition holds out: they have been pretty much outlawed since 1934, though that hasn’t prevented their presence in this country, just as laws against murder haven’t ended, you know, murder. Duh).