Tuesday, March 15, 2005

That Didn't Take Long

In this post from yesterday, I set at 1.5 days the over/under until the newest gun control proposal showed up in response to the Boston Herald story that (gasp!) criminals are still finding ways to get guns and roam the city with relative impunity armed to the teeth. If you took the "under" on the 1.5 days, please proceed to the cashier's window to cash your winning slip.

State Senator Jarret Barrios was on the 'Blute and Scotto' show on WRKO this morning pimping the Massachusetts version of the .50-caliber gun ban (aka: GBDJ). Now I know this may come as a surprise to some of you, but the good senator had absolutely no friggin' clue what he was talking about.

Among the talking points raised by Sen. Barrios, regurgitated nearly word-for-word from the bun-banners playbook were:

This ban is necessary, because in Massachusetts it's far too easy for these weapons to be purchased over the internet. If anyone has the website address, please forward it to my attention. My tax return is due back any day now.

This ban is necessary because these guns can turn a liquefied natural gas tanker into a roaring inferno from a distance of 2,000 yards, engulfing half the city in a ball of flame.

They can also "shoot down airliners" at the same distance.

Terrorists, when looking for such weapons, will be heading in droves to gun stores, instead of having more powerful, and far less expensive, weapons illegally smuggled into the country.

These are "bazooka-style" weapons.

Ted Kennedy would be quite proud, young grasshopper.

Well, you get the picture. The senator took some phone calls from some of the show's listeners, who (surprise, surprise) were infinitely more knowledgeable on the subject than he. He emphasized repeatedly that he is not a "gun banner", citing his belief that hunting is a "noble profession"(?). And that this is merely a piece of "common-sense" "gun safety" legislation.

Memo to Senator Barrios:


By his, um, "logic" then, affordable, smaller guns that are actually used quite frequently in the commission of violent crime would surely present a greater public safety risk than unwieldly, expensive guns that might possibly someday be used in such a manner. That being said, why should anyone doubt that .22-caliber target pistols are on his list of guns to go after in the future (or pump-action shotguns, which are capable of cutting nuns and orphans in half)?

Give these bastards an inch, and they'll take 2,000 yards.

Here's my post from last May on Sen. Barrios' enlightening Boston Globe op-ed piece demonizing the eeeeevil "assault weapons" back when the "assault weapons" ban was the GBDJ.