Today, my state passed the most comprehensive and restrictive gun laws in the country. Read it all here. There were no committee hearings, and no allowance for public comment.
Aside from feeling like New York and her Governor shoved this bill down our throats, much like it did with our new gay-marriage legislation, just to somehow support Gov. Cuomo’s future run for President in 2016, I sense the moral fiber of our political representatives has been hijacked by an overwhelming national tendency to politicize human tragedy for the sake of personal gain.
Of course being fed up with politicians is nothing new. Upon ousting the English from American soil, George Washington’s own men tried to persuade him to enter Congress and execute every last representative, arguing that the moral compass of their decision making faculties had become uncorrectable.
Certainly the completely illogical conclusions made by my state’s legislature today illustrates their utter ineptitude at governing. Our clip size capacity has gone from 10 rounds to 7 rounds, obviously concluding that it’s okay for us to kill seven people with our sidearms, but 10 is simply too many. Or how about the provision that says the color “black” helps designate a firearm as an “assault rifle”?
The saddest element to the legislation itself, however, is that it does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, nor punish lawbreakers with any consistency. Instead, it merely puts more state restrictions on those of us who actually care enough to abide by them, and wouldn’t have prevented the Newtown massacre (which, I thought, was the advertised point of all this).
My prayer is that We The People come to our collective senses and use our voting powers to remove irrational representatives among us and replace them with leaders actually concerned with enforcing existing laws that prosecute offenders, not law-abiding citizens.