A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” — Violence Policy Center founder Josh Sugarmann back in 1988, a statement that has new significance with the gun-ban legislation introduced in Congress this week.
“The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America.” — White House statement announcing that President Barack Obama had met with gun-ban advocate and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss possible executive action on guns.
“These are great proposals.” — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on a 28-point framework of gun control proposals from the grossly misnamed Centers for American Progress.
Terrorism is “the most important problem facing the country today.” — 16 percent of those polled in a new Gallup Survey, compared to 7 percent who say that guns are “the nation’s biggest problem.”
“We have tens of thousands of reservists who practice national defense training voluntarily. … That is part of our whole national defense and it must be protected.” — Finland Interior Minister Petteri Orpo, expressing opposition to a proposed European Commission ban on certain semi-automatic rifles.
“I have reminded my current and retired deputy sheriffs of their responsibility to carry their firearms while off-duty,” Helmig wrote in the post. “I would also like to remind the people who have applied, been trained, and issued a license to carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon (CCDW) that they also have a responsibility to carry their firearm, which they are proficient with, for the safety of themselves and others.” — Boone County, Ky., Sheriff Michael A. Helmig in a recent Facebook post.