Good for New York. It’s times like these when we’re proud we live where we do. New York State this week passed the nation’s strictest gun laws through measures like limiting bullet capacity, expanding a ban on assault weapons, increasing penalties for those who use guns in committing crimes and designing a provision to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. It’s the first state to enact gun control since the Sandy Hook massacre last month in Connecticut.
Is it enough? Will it work?
That remains to be seen. But it is a step in the right direction. And as we might have guessed, shortly after passage of the legislation, the NRA responded by accusing New York legislators of trampling the second amendment.
Their rhetoric is so predictable and so are their motives, which is to label as ineffective any kind of meaningful gun control legislation any state adopts. It’s what the NRA always does — go down this path kicking and screaming.
It’s sort of like a toddler in the midst of a tantrum. And like a toddler in tantrum-mode, before long you learn to turn it off and tune it out.
Did you say something NRA?