A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“I'm up for anything that gives people a fighting chance.” — Virginia Tech massacre survivor and University of Texas graduate student Nicholas Roland, speaking out for Texas’ new campus carry law.
“I would never back down from hunting.” — 12-year-old hunter Aryanna Gourdin, in response to online bullying and death wishes after posting photos of herself and a giraffe she shot in South Africa.
“The 5 million NRA members are diverse, yet we stand for one unifying principle: Our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” — Gun rights advocate Antonia Okafor on being atop Hillary Clinton’s enemies list.
“I’m not aware of any specific prescription that the president’s prepared to put forward to address the situation just in Chicago.” — White House Spokesman Josh Earnest on President Barack Obama having no plan to address runaway violence in Chicago. Perhaps a suggestion from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will help the president formulate a plan.
“A lot of what I’m seeing is gun nuts turning in their guns for more than they’re worth.” — Minnesota gun collector Paul Joat, explaining how a Minneapolis gun “buyback” was actually doing nothing to “get guns off the street.”
“Honestly that’s the only reason I felt safe coming back to this home is because I knew that if it happened again I would be able to protect my children.” — Battle Creek, Mich., mother Sara Ward, on buying a gun the day after she and her 11- and 14-year-old sons fought off a home intruder with a samurai sword.
“The gang members were given goals, officials said: Break into homes and come back with at least $5,000 and a weapon every single day.” — KABC Radio report on southern California gangs just doing what they do—without worrying about the state’s so-called “universal” background checks.