A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble:
“I would like to make San Francisco a model of gun control. In a country that’s weak on gun control and has really subordinated itself to those who believe in almost unfettered access to guns, this is the last vestige of gun control we have.” —San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who hasn’t approved a single concealed-carry permit since taking office in 2012.
“States require licenses to drive a car or even to fish in local rivers, so requiring a license to buy a deadly handgun is a common-sense step that could save countless lives. This legislation will help states develop responsible handgun licensing programs.” —U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Mass., touting a handgun registration measure he cosponsored.
“And they are not acceptable, it's the responsibility of the state to provide safety and order, and not for citizens to take up arms.” —Thomas Bliesener, president of the Crime Research Institute of Lower Saxony, discussing unacceptability of armed self-defense with broadcaster Deutsche Welle following a German homeowner shooting an intruder.
“It’s not anything against Second Amendment rights or anything like that. Just lock up the guns. Just do that.” —Patricia Tuz, Capital Region coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, discussing a proposal that would require Albany, N.Y., gun owners to keep their firearms under lock and key at home, rendering them ineffective for self-defense.
“The criminal element feels as though we are not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they are using this opportunity to settle old beefs or scores ... The public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less-aggressive police department, and we’ve given them that, and they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.” —Anonymous Baltimore police officers in a CNN interview, describing the “pullback” of police that is leading to a drastic drop in arrests.