A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble:
“It is not just about how many police you have, it is about the quantity of guns that are on the street, so we actually have gun laws that back up the men and women we just recognized.”— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, blaming gun ownership for runaway violence in the Windy City, despite the restrictive gun laws in effect there.
“Obviously there’s some common sense things we could do—certainly passage of some gun safety laws in Congress that could keep guns out of the hands of criminals would be one thing that we could do to try to limit the violence.” — White House Spokesman Josh Earnest on Baltimore’s violent crime spree, despite the fact that Maryland already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.
“Seeing the pictures of New Orleans and the pure chaos that was going on there, I think we’d be better off with less guns than more. To have a riotous situation, I don't feel comfortable to have people running around with guns in a riotous situation.” — Democrat Florida State Sen. Jeremy Ring, arguing against a Florida measure to allow residents without carry permits to carry firearms with them when fleeing hurricanes. Ring apparently doesn’t understand that criminals will do so anyway, leaving only law-abiding citizens unprotected.
“This bill is a lot of things, but it’s not about guns and coats. It's about throwing the baby out with the bathwater; it’s about going back in time. You are going to let people who can’t pass the background check on a concealed weapons permit just carry a gun anyway. I don’t understand it.” — Maine Democrat State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky on proposed permitless carry legislation, ignoring the fact that criminals already carry concealed firearms without a permit.
“The majority of Texans, including gun owners, don’t want open carry or campus carry.” — Stephanie Burlingame, spokesperson for the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action, proving once again that when surveys don’t support your side of an argument, it’s easy to just make things up.