A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“If everyone had a gun, we wouldn’t have to worry about gun violence. This is why war zones are noted for their safety.” —Former “Star Trek” star George Takei, sarcastically venturing into the gun-control arena, boldly going where he has never gone before.
“The ATF is not an ‘agency’ within the meaning of the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552(f)(1), and is, therefore, not a proper party defendant.” — ATF response to a federal court complaint that the agency didn’t answer a Freedom of Information Act request in a timely manner.
“There have been numerous FOIA suits against ATF, and I am unaware of any court ever holding that it is not an agency. The denial in the answer that ATF is not an ‘agency’ as defined is frivolous.” — Stephen Halbrook, noted Second Amendment scholar, in response to the ATF denial above.
“We will follow in the footsteps of the United States and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms is believed to lead to fewer homicides.” — Panama Public Safety Minister Rodolfo Aguilera on lifting a ban on gun imports to protect citizens.
“The threat posed to military forces in the United States by homegrown violent extremists has increased.” —Navy Cmdr. William Marks, on the decision by the Navy to authorize arming personnel at reserve centers.
“There’s only two places on the earth where wildlife at a large scale has actually increased in the 20th century, and those are North America and southern Africa. Both of those models of conservation were built around hunting.” — Rosie Cooney, zoologist and chairwoman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group.
“The bad people are going to get guns regardless, whether this law makes a difference or not in how they do their gun transfers. I don’t think the state of Oregon really knows how big of an issue this is going to be yet. I know the Oregon State Police are going to have to ramp up their efforts in their firearms division just to try to run all these criminal histories on people should everybody start to follow this law.” — Josephine County, Ore., Sheriff Dave Daniel on his expectations that a new background check law in Oregon will not affect criminals, only law-abiding citizens.