Democrats in the Legislature are preparing to unveil a sweeping gun safety bill next week thatâ€™s expected to put new limits on gun licensing, restrict private sales, expand background checks for gun buyers and strengthen reporting rules for gun owners with mental health issues, said a spokesman for House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
In the late 1990’s, Massachusetts passed super-strict gun control laws. So, how’s that working out? Jim Wallace of the MA Gun Owners’ Action League points out:
Murders committed with firearms have risen dramatically since the regulations went into effect, from 65 in 1998 to 122 in 2011, according to the FBI, while legal gun ownership plummeted.
â€śOur numbers [registered gun owners] have dropped by 80 percent, while at the same time gun-related murders are up 100 percent,â€ť Wallace said. â€śAnd their answer to that is to push more gun control.â€ť
Which is, as the saying goes, the definition of insanity.
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