Friday, May 1, 2009

Stupid Politician Tricks #1

Connecticut Senate Approves Machine Gun Ban for Children

"HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would ban children under 16 years old from handling or shooting machine guns."

As usual, the idiocracy of the nanny state was in full display:
"For a young person, a minor, to handle an automatic weapon ... it's like saying that it's OK to pick up a rattlesnake and that it is somehow going to be safe," said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn. "It's not going to be safe and it should not be legal and I would think that a lot of folks would be shocked that there was not a law.""

But there was a law, already:
"Three men, including Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury, whose business promoted the gun show, and two men who brought the Uzi, have been charged under Massachusetts law with involuntary manslaughter. Fleury was also charged with four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a person under 18."

And, as usual, the voice of sanity was in the minority:
"Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, who also voted against the bill, said he doesn't think a new law banning children from handling machine guns is necessary and said the government can't always stop the risks of life.

"We've got kids on dirt bikes riding all over the place. We've got them on skateboards doing all kinds of things that are high risk," he said. "You can't take all of the risk out of life. When we drove here this morning, we all took a risk.""

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