A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“I believe that being shot should be (a) requirement for gun ownership in America. It’s very simple. You need to have gun, like taking selfies with pistols, can’t live with out [sic] it? Then take a bullet and you will be granted the right to purchase the firearm of your choice.” — Columnist D. Watkins in a Salon.com op-ed titled “Want a Gun, Take a Bullet: Take This, Gutless NRA Cowards—You Can Have a Gun Once You Understand the Pain Of Being Shot.”
“They always quote the Second Amendment rights. This Second Amendment was written in 1791 when you needed to have a gun. You had all the outlaws. But we don’t need the guns in the urban communities.” — Hempstead Village (N.Y.) Mayor Wayne Hall, denigrating the Constitution while calling for more restrictive gun-control measures.
“He’s all the best of Trump without the worst of Trump. I would do everything in my power to get this guy elected.” — Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman on his desire to see gun-ban advocate and fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg enter the presidential race.
“Teachers have so much other training to undergo. They just aren’t equipped to handle firearms.” — Retired Idaho elementary educator Malinda Lund in response to some Idaho schools arming and training teachers and administrators to keep students safer.
“You know, the Bill of Rights guarantees every citizen the right to own and bear firearms. It doesn’t say anything about how many, how much you can pay for them. That’s in the Bill of Rights. That’s a sacred document in our country. There’s no other country in the world that has such document. And you know what its purpose is? To prevent the federal government from interfering with private citizens’ rights …” — Late NRA President Charlton Heston in a 1997 “Meet The Press” interview, republished this week on Newsmax.com in a piece titled “Top 25 Charlton Heston Gun Quotes.”
“When you look at some of these gun tragedies that have occurred, it’s quite amazing how they seem to occur in the gun-free zones. A lot of these shooters are people who are mentally unstable, but they’re not so unstable that they don’t recognize that, ‘If I’m going to kill a lot of people, I need to go to a place where people are not likely to have guns and kill me.’” — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in a recent radio interview.