Governor Mario Cuomo (D, NY) has demanded we “end the madness now” and surrender control of our firearms to government.
No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer.
The tragic events of just the last few weeks in Newtown, CT, and West Webster, NY, have indelibly taught us guns can cut down small children, firefighters, and policemen in a moment[.]
A couple of things about this.
First, government doesn’t get to dictate to us our purpose in owning firearms or our purpose in owning magazines with capacities of our choosing. Leaving aside the reason for the 2nd Amendment in the first place, which was to allow a population to protect itself from an overreaching government more than to put victuals on the table, this goes beyond the 2nd Amendment. If we let government determine our reasons for owning or not owning a thing, it becomes a very short step to letting government determine what me must own or not own, what we must buy or not buy. Like health insurance.
Second, Cuomo is right that guns can “cut down small children, firefighters, and policemen in a moment.” When the murdering begins, and help is summoned, the responding police will be only minutes away. In those intervening moments, though, the killing of the unarmed, including unarmed adults also on the scene, continues apace. It’s the folks present at the start who are in the best position promptly to interfere with the killer, but when they’ve been carefully disarmed by a Know Better government, they’re as helpless as those children.