A collection of quotes from this week's Tower of 2A Babble:
“We need to enact legislation that will greatly reduce gun-related crimes and protect people from the dangers associated with widespread gun access and ownership. Unfortunately, our proven inability to handle widespread gun ownership suggests strongly that the way to do this is to deeply restrict access to and ownership of most types of guns.” — University of Texas at Austin professor John Traphagan, calling for a near universal gun ban in a Dallas Morning News Op-Ed.
“As much as I hate to say it, the NRA is effective primarily because it is largely right when it claims that most gun-control laws inconvenience and threaten the law-abiding while having little or no impact on violent crime or criminals.” — Jody Powell, former Carter press aide, in a memo to Bill Clinton’s staff, as revealed in this week’s Washington Times.
“Does it count as a police chase if you drag the cop along for the ride?” — MSNBC tweet about a video of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Police Sgt. Kerstan Tatro being dragged from a traffic stop, resulting in a broken arm. MSNBC later pulled the video and apologized for making light of the situation.
“Psst. Want an untraceable gun? Courtesy of Congress and the U.S. military? That may soon be possible thanks to a provision tacked onto this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives is set to pass this week.” — Huffington Post’s Michael McAuliff, spreading lies about proposed expansion of the Civilian Marksmanship Program to include surplus M1911 handguns. In truth, federal law requires the CMP to conduct background checks and to comply with federal and state laws governing firearm sales.
“An amendment to ‘protect’ the right to hunt and fish is bizarre and frivolous—it would clutter up the most important charter of government and open the door to a flood of other amendments whose sole purpose is to make political statements for special-interest groups.” — Lisa Lange, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), condemning a proposed constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing in Texas. More than a dozen other states already have such protections.