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NY approves sweeping gun control package, owners worry (open thread)

Yesterday, Larry Johnson wrpte a post, “The Reality of Bearing Arms” yesterday:

The ignorance of the American people with respect to the Second Amendment is startling.

As a descendant of 18 men who fought in the American Revolution (1776-1783), I understand that the right to keep and carry a weapon, not just a gun, exists as the final and fundamental protection against tyranny. …

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Read more of Larry Johnson‘s post below.)

I just read the preface to a book by Ron Suskind, in which Thomas Jefferson wrote, “When the people are informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” You can purchase a copy of The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11.

I found it amusing, imagining that Thomas Jefferson would be turning over in his grave if he knew about our president and Congress. I wish that we had a president like Jefferson now.

New York state became the first state that approved a set of laws for gun control. The assembly people in response to last month’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school were concerned about people who own guns. (Fox News)

The state changed the gun laws because Governor Cuomo and others were concerned that gun owners “could make them targets of overzealous politicians and prosecutors.”

Larry Johnson continued his post with the following important remarks:

Americans have surrendered many of their rights since 1776. Even staunch conservative justices like Scalia have manufactured an excuse to keep certain weapons–e.g., machine guns and bazookas–out of the hands of citizens. The right to keep and bear arms has been infringed to some degree.

We will see where the debate goes once Obama and his team unveil their proposals. But I guarantee you one thing–if Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School had been properly armed and trained, she would have had a good chance of stopping a crazed soul from slaughtering her and her students. We cannot ban the ability of someone to kill someone else. We can try futile, feckless methods to limit the number of people a crazy person can kill.

The New York Assembly finally approved the bill recently.

Fox News added:

New York’s new laws will expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and include new measures to keep guns away from mentally disturbed individuals. Under the new law, ammunition magazines would also be restricted to seven bullets, from the current 10 — owners caught with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge. The law also prohibits Internet sales of assault weapons and in another provision, a therapist who thinks a mental health patient is making a credible threat to use a gun illegally would be required to report the incident to the state.

We hope that you will read all of Larry Johnson’s post.

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