Activist Wednesday: New York Leads the Way on Gun Control
Posted January 16, 2013on:
Morning, Widdershins! I have some very good news for you: Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed landmark gun control legislation into law.
New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved the toughest gun control legislation in the nation, expanding the state’s existing assault weapons ban and addressing gun ownership by those with mental illnesses in the first major legislative action in response to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.
The measure passed the state Assembly 104-43 after passing the state Senate 43-18 Monday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly signed the legislation on Tuesday.
“This unfortunately required tragedies and loss of life to actually spur the political process to action,” Cuomo said in remarks minutes before signing the bill.
“This will be the toughest gun control package in the nation,” Sen. Jeffrey Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference that shares majority control with Republican senators, had told The Associated Press. “All in all, it is a comprehensive, balanced approach that will save lives.”
What’s in the bill? The article doesn’t go deeply into the details, but the NRA made sure to make outraged noises, calling the new laws “draconian.” So let me get this straight, NRA, you don’t think it’s a good idea to ban assault weapons and prevent the mentally ill from owning guns? I really have to wonder who the hell is still admitting to being a member of the NRA at this point. It’s like going to work wearing a Ku Klux Klan hoodie.
Anywho, today our newly re-inaugurated President will
copy off Joe Biden’s homework unveil proposals based on existing legislation and his Gun Control Committee’s findings.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who led a task force that made recommendations on the issue, will present the measures at a White House event attended by children from around the country who wrote letters to the president about gun violence and school safety.
Looks like Obama’s PR team is back on its game, and I truly mean that as a compliment. Yes, for heaven’s sake, have kids show up at the event. Hell, have them read their letters! Talk about telling the truth and shaming the devil (i.e., those standing in the way of gun control). Well-done, Mr. President.
Obama has signaled his plan would include elements that did not require congressional approval. The president could take action to ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers.
A spokeswoman for Representative Jackie Speier, a lawmaker from California who was one of a group of Democrats who met with Biden about the issue on Monday, said his task force had identified 19 different options Obama could choose to implement through executive action.
“(Biden) did not indicate which or how many of those options the president will take up or present to the nation tomorrow,” said the spokeswoman, Jenny Werwa.
And again I say (provisionally) well-done. Why try to fight through the thicket of drooling psychopaths that infests the House, if you don’t have to do it? Obama has been fine with declaring himself empowered to assassinate American citizens, torture people at will, spy on Americans without warrants, and mount drone strikes against people in countries with which we are not at war. Might as well use all that unconstitutional executive authority for good, rather than eeee-vil.
As with all things Obamanian, we will have to see how far he goes, and how willing he’ll be to stand up for his alleged beliefs. I would say, however, that this may be the year we finally achieve some sanity on this issue.
I was talking about this with colleagues at work last week, and people were saying that a lot of public opinion is against the government telling us what we can and can’t do. I pointed out that the government is supposed to take our money to provide goods and services, as well as promoting public safety. Obviously the Libertarians will say anything, no matter how absurd, but at a certain point, it’s hard to argue that the government can’t prevent people from shooting up schools with assault weapons. (For f*ck’s sake.) Another colleague pointed out that back in the day of the 2nd Amendment, there were rifles and bayonets, not rocket launchers and Uzis. The Constitution should be amended again to reflect the more sophisticated killing machines of today, I think.
In any case, such is my rant for Activist Wednesday. Let’s keep our eyes on this issue and hold our legislators’ feet to the fire if they don’t ovary up and sign stricter gun controls into law. It’s the right thing to do, no matter what those guys hiding in the white robes say.
This is an open thread.
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