A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“I’m all for that.” — Hillary Clinton’s response, back on Sept. 30, 1993, to a question from Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., on whether she supported the imposition of a new 25-percent national sales tax on guns.
“I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass. We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.” — Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope, yet another anti-gun legislator proposing a gun-control measure he knows won’t be effective in order to “do something.”
“It’s in the lease. … It’s really for the safety of all the tenants.” — Russ Gagne, finance director for the apartment complex that is making a disabled, nearly-deaf elderly man give up his gun after he used it to stop the latest of many robberies in his apartment.
“Around 88 people are shot dead in the U.S. every day, but those horrifying statistics are not doing anything to dampen America’s love of weapons. In fact, a worryingly significant minority of parents are showing their devotion to the Second Amendment by naming their children after weapons.” — Lead paragraph in a hand-wringing story in the U.K.’s Daily Mirror lamenting Americans naming their children what the author calls “violent” names.
“Our respondents (adult offenders living in Chicago or nearby) obtain most of their guns from their social network of personal connections. Rarely is the proximate source either direct purchase from a gun store, or theft.” — From the new study “Sources of guns to dangerous people: What we learn by asking them” in the journal Preventive Medicine.