You hear about the process of how things are done on Beacon Hill.
Chapter 180 was passed through the subversion of that process!
We had an 18 page "assault weapons ban" bill - Two hours before the debate started it turned into a 64 page bill!
Nobody had a chance to read it. It didn't have a public hearing.
(Representative George Peterson)
There truly is no bill that had more inadequacies in it or was more poorly drafted than Chapter 180. No question about that.
Give me a young boy or a young girl who is into hunting or fishing and I'll give you a kid who is not doing crack cocaine out on the sidewalk.
(Senator Stephen Brewer)
In this ongoing battle against gun-control it is important to remember the words of 19th Century Massachusetts Congressman Daniel Webster:
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
Beware good intentions.
Reject this assumption of authority.
Restore our unalienable rights.
All of them.
(Chip Ford, Citizens for Limited Taxation)
Freedoms should never be diminished for those who obey the law. On the Contrary, they should be diminished for those who break the law.
Felons should get no guns.
Magazine capacity has no relationship to the criminal misuse of firearms. It is as useless as trying to restrict the number of guns a criminal can carry or the number of loaded magazines he can pack, or for that matter, the number of pockets he can put bullets in, when chances are he should be wearing prison fatigues in the first place.
Urge zero tolerance for criminal misuse of firearms,
Where zero tolerance is instituted, murder and gun crime are cut by half almost overnight.
Let's start enforcing the laws that are already on the books.
To quote Benjamin Franklin: "A Nation cannot gain safety by giving up freedom. Those who would give up essential liberties to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety."
(John Hohenwarter, Laison, NRA)
Why is it in communities where we have the most restrictive gun laws, it is the least safe for citizens?
I see a sign there saying there are 5,000 gun laws. You are wrong, there are not 5,000, there are 20,000 gun laws in the United States." They can't keep track of the ones they have, and they want to create more.
(Ken Hamblin, Radio Talk Show Host, Denver Colorado)
Colorado has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and it did not prevent that horrific tragedy. We have to educate people that it's not the law-abiding gun owners that're the problem. The problem is a breakdown of family values.
(Senator Guy Glodis)
I believe in the Second Amendment. Not everyone up the street does. They think gun ownership is the problem. We know it is not. They think that by controlling your right to own firearms they will solve society's problems. We know they will not. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Trust me when I tell you, we need to be vigilant. Vigilant means we need to be involved in the political process. We need to support people who run for office who share our belief in the Constitution of the United States and we have to work against those who do not.
(Representative Francis Marini)
There are 440,000 crimes committed with guns and fewer than 10,000 murders. The average number of times law-abiding gun owners prevent violent crimes is over 2 million per year.
If our ultimate goal is to try to save lives we need to take into account not only the bad things that happen to people but also the bad things that never happen because people are able to defend themselves and their families.
(John Lott, Researcher,University of Chicago)