Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The time for gun control is past

Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square car bomber, was the legal owner of a Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000, a weapon that The New York Times described as "fearsome looking, a hybrid of a pistol and a long gun." A semi-automatic weapon with a telescoping stock, it could be concealed with ease under a coat, and provide a terrorist with just the weapon he needs to kill a large number of people in a place like Times Square.t s

And this weapon was bought legally in Connecticut, not obtained at some gun show or bought from a gun-runner in Georgia or Virginia.

It's time to stop talking about gun control and start talking about gun sanity.

1 comment:

Chris Gagnon said...

And may I just add that it was the esteemed Southern gentleman (euphemism for "gay" - not that there's anything wrong with that), Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) who in response to a bill that would prohibit those on the FBI terrorist watch list to purchase firearms said, "I think we're going too far here."
Now there isn't a Republican in Congress who could bear a demerit from the NRA in this tumultuous political climate, but how exactly does one square the circle of being tough on terrorism while allowing potential aggressors unqualified access to the tools of their trade?
The original NRA scare tactic when the Obama administration was still being assembled was that Sec. of Education Arne Duncan was coming for your guns, ostensibly because there isn't enough wrong with our public education system to keep him occupied. Besides, everybody needs a hobby.

Frankie D. says "Hello."

I caught your contribution to the Public Editor last fall in the Times and was nearly convinced to buy flowers for my own wife's mother after listening to your contribution "supplemental" this morning on BUR. You have a very soothing radio voice.