Mass. Task Force lays out 44 ways the Legislature should infringe on your gun rights

After the shooting at Sandy Hook, a state committee in Massachusetts was charged with devising ways to end gun violence.

We are a nation who loves to think everything is coded so you can go ahead and read that as “devising ways to pass acceptable gun control by exploiting the tragedy of dead children.”

I’ll give Massachusetts politicians this though, they at least went through the process of giving it some thought, unlike Gov. Cuomo of New York who violated his states own prohibitions in order to jam the SAFE Act down the throats of New Yorkers in the dead of night.

So what did this “task force” come up with?  While not completely erasing what’s left of the 2nd Amendment in Massachusetts, as a whole the recommendations are just gun control masquerading as something “new”.

The major points:

— The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association should work with the Massachusetts Gun Control Advisory Board to develop a set of factors determining what constitutes a suitable person for gun ownership and licensure.

Maybe I’m just arguing semantics, but I’m pretty sure being an AMERICAN is enough to constitute being suitable.  Now, if you want to develop a set of factors determining what voids the right of a person from gun ownership go right ahead.  But the way it is worded promotes the false belief that Americans AREN’T born with the inherited right to keep and bear arms.  Words matter and I don’t think the way it was written in the report was an oversight.

In fact, the way it is written just STRENGTHENS Massachusetts standing as a “May Issue” state when nearly every other state in the union is a “Shall Issue” state.

A state should be required to have cause to deny a person their rights (a criminal, a madman etc.) but Mass. can just summarily deny the right and the task force recommends that they all get on the same page to deny that right unilaterally.

— People applying for a firearms identification card should undergo the same suitability standards as those seeking a gun license, and the state should eliminate the Class B license.

I ask why you need a Firearms Identification Card in the first place?  It’s just another harassing and money making scam by the state in order to punish gun owners.  As for the Class B license, it is the only way a person in Massachusetts can legally open carry a firearm.  Eliminating that will eliminate open carry in Mass. completely.

— The state should consider a public service campaign encouraging family members to alert authorities when someone “may hurt themselves or others.”

That sounds eerily similar to New York’s “Rat your neighbor out” bounty program and seems like it would easily denigrate from good intentions to false calls and arrests based on any number of petty differences.

— Schools should develop a mental health plan and more funding should be available for schools to identify and treat students with mental illness.

— There should be increased funding for mental health and substance abuse in urban areas, as well as neighborhood outreach workers, job programs, and family intervention.

I’m actually ok with both of these suggestions.  Because they actually address the problem.  A gun has never jumped up one day and said “I’m going on a rampage to kill a lot of people”, but people do.  And let’s not kid ourselves, if the killer of Sandy Hook didn’t have a gun, a bag of tools and knives would have made the death count just as high, if not HIGHER.

Yet, with all the money and recommendations about improving schools, not one mention of hiring an armed guard, or training teachers to carry a firearm.  Once again, the point seems to be more control, not more safety.

Then you have things like mandatory training and tax breaks for buying a gun safe.

I like the idea of training and support it.  I do NOT support making it mandatory because it opens the door for the state to make it arduous, costly and so difficult that it would reveal itself as nothing more than another attempt to dissuade people from exercising their right.  Every time you put the state in charge of dictating how you can/must exercise your rights you give them another way to infringe it.  In this case, an end around to the 2nd Amendment if you will.

Also, if you are giving tax breaks for gun safes, why not give tax breaks for buying guns in the first place?  You know, to offset all the poll taxes and all the other Jim Crow style taxes placed on law abiding gun owners in the first place.

The report has some more minor suggestions and a lot of congratulatory back patting, if you want to read the report in it’s entirety you can follow this link:

Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

All in all I find this to be another droll rehash of Gun Control parading itself out to be something it is not…namely a way to improve safety and decrease tragedy.

The vast majority of these 44 recommendations do neither.

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  • 44 more reasons to look to your God-expected responsibility (such as Psalm 149:6-9 & 1 Timothy 5:8) rather than an optional right (such as the Second Amendment) as your authority for bearing arms.

    For more, see “Firearms: Scripturally Defended” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/onlineBooks/firearm-right.html.

  • Bob

    Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

    Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

  • rjhollydog

    i just don’t understand why any gun manufacturer’s stay in the commiewealth of Massachusetts, when the state despises them. Most other manufacturing has left the state, so why stay? Move to a state that respects and encourages it s citizens to be responsible for their own safety. Just think about what these fools in Boston are doing, do they not remember their own history? Was it not in the hills not far beyond that once fair city that men defended(with their blood) their right to be armed? what a disgrace to those who came before.

    • bulletsfirst

      Great point RJ. I think you will begin to see more and more companies starting to abandon their ancestral homes to more welcoming states. Both because of the lack of hypocrisy from conducting business in a pro gun state as well as the fact that pro gun states outside of New England have dramatically lower taxes. I understand the moving costs are daunting but I think companies are going to realize that they shouldn’t take the abuse from the state government while also paying for it.

      I think you’ll see more of these stories popping up: Treat a lady like a whore, you shouldn’t be surprised when she slaps you http://bulletsfirst.net/2014/01/24/treat-lady-like-whore-shouldnt-surprised-slaps/

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  • Michael Manley

    Although there’s no statutory prohibition on Open Carry in Massachusetts, it’s widely held to be a big no-no. If caught, one’s “suitability” for licensure will be called into question.

    • Bullets First

      Right you are Michael, I didn’t want to get into the vagaries of “technically legal but…” arguments so I just left it as there IS a way and they want to get rid of it.

      But you are spot on. Open Carry is technically legal but in all manner basically outlawed.

  • Frank W Brown

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not for
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to
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live
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check,
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to
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was
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    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from 
owning gun magazines
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nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but 
not one 24-ounce
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you fat — you
    might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is 
run by
    idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who
    is confined to a 
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the
    airport, but a woman 
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having
    her neck and head 
searched — you might live in a nation that was
    founded by geniuses but 
is run by idiots.

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of dollars
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nation that
    was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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teacher
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in grade
    school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation 
that was
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government regulation and
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but is run by idiots.

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provide
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checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was
    
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation
    
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

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    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

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