How things have changed...
When I started studying this issue in the 1970s, the big pushes were for, oh, national registration of all firearms, national permit systems for purchasing and carrying handguns, bans on civilian ownership of short-barreled handguns, and I forget what else. (Those were just the major issues: on the side bills were introduced to ban civilian use of soft-point projectiles in handguns, ban telescopic sights for rifles -- too useful for snipers, etc., etc.). Understand that in 1968, some antigun groups (in particular the predecessor of Brady Campaign) had come out AGAINST national registration, because they thought they could get more than that and were worried that Congress might pass registration, escape the media heat, and stop there.
Today, Brady Campaign issues a press release announcing its hopes for success, entitled "Connecticut, Many Other States Strengthening Gun Laws."
The specifics: one state passed a law to require reporting of stolen guns and another will give more mental health records to the NICS system.
Two more (Mass. & NJ, what a surprise!) are at least thinking about one gun a month.
At the same time, another Castle Doctrine bill is on the Gov's desk in MO along w/ other states, all the anti-gun bills in IL are dead for the nonce, and some Universities are talking about allowing CCW. All this goes under Brady "honesty".
Posted by: Thirdpower at June 27, 2007 02:34 PM
I remember as a middle or high school student, during the 1980s, reading a Reader's Digest article shrieking hysterically about the dangers of laser sights. As best as I can recall, the article was a parade of horribles about assassins who can't miss and the like.
As much as we mock the mainstream press for their ignorance on guns (and they are very ignorant), there does seem to have been some slight improvement in this regard. At least I haven't read a "plastic gun" article about Glocks in many years.
Posted by: Sertorius at June 27, 2007 05:14 PM
Most of them will not give up, however, until they are no longer PAID to agitate for gun control. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Gun Control Machine is quietly biding its time right now, waiting until they have more of a majority in the Congress and Hillary in the White House. Unfortunately, the GOP is doing its deadlevel best to make certain that happens. Then the Dems will ram something through that will be absolutely terrible. Something that won't have a 10 year sunset like the AWB did.
Posted by: Letalis at June 28, 2007 05:37 AM
I love how they're all motherhood and apple pie:
"the Brady Campaign ... is devoted to creating an
America free from gun violence ... ."
How about an America free from VIOLENCE, period? Regardless of whether the perpetrator of the violence makes use of a gun. We should start a "grassroots" movement (let's see if we can get funding from George Soros) devoted to creating an America free from baseball bat violence. How about shovel violence? Lamp violence? Table leg violence? Lug wrench violence? Aggressors have used all of those items to kill people. And of course, I guess "knife violence" is just too obvious - we don't need an organization dedicated to eliminating that.
They are focusing their efforts in the wrong place. Using their logic, if there were a shortage of skilled carpenters, we should investigate the availability of hammers.
Ooh wait! We need a movement to create an America free from hammer violence too.
Posted by: Bill at June 28, 2007 05:54 AM