Shifting focus to the human side of the gun debate – The Washington Post

“Watts had begun a lesson in gun safety with an appeal to “a society that regards itself as moral and ethical.” But she became preoccupied with the NRA, calling for a “conversation” about gun safety and then concluding in the same sentence that “it’s also a conversation in which the gun lobby refuses to participate.”

 

I’m a gun owner. I can’t speak for the other estimated 70 million gun owners, but my gun lobby is me. And I’m not refusing to participate in a conversation…” – Courtland Milloy via Shifting focus to the human side of the gun debate – The Washington Post.

Courland Milloy doesn’t come off as unapologetically pro gun but, it’s a great deal better than I might have expected from most in his profession.  I will say that I don’t think it’s an issue of not being willing to have a conversation. It’s that we’re not willing to have Watts, Bloomberg, or even Obama dictate terms rather than have an actual discussion. None of us cheer tragedy. But it’s a little hard to have a conversation when the other side always starts it, “It’s your fault and you shouldn’t have those rights.”

-GM

German gun designer’s quest for a smarter weapon infuriates U.S. gun rights advocates – The Washington Post

Second Amendment advocates, fearing the technology will be mandated, launched angry protests this year against stores in Maryland and California that tried to sell it.

via German gun designer’s quest for a smarter weapon infuriates U.S. gun rights advocates – The Washington Post.

Leave it to the mainstream media to make this a touchy feely issue. No one cares how this man feels. His feelings and “guilt” are irrelevant. And it wasn’t “fear” that drove the protests. It is in fact the law that fueled the protests.

At issue is pre-existing knee jerk legislation passed in response to previous tragedies, mandates that once such a gun hits the market, that the ONLY guns allowed to be sold in certain states going foward would be so called “smart guns” So in bringing the gun to market, it potentially enacted bans on all conventionally firearms in place like California, Maryland, and New Jersey. And the only “fear” is that the technology remains immature, untested. and impractical for any serious purpose. If it were a fully vetted technology, we’d see law enforcement and military begging for it.

GM