Ken’s Comments:

 

Yes, the kids are making waves, and they will rock the boat. The boat of  bureaucracy and bullshit politicians! Even lifelong politician, “afraid to rock the boat” Delaware governor John Carney now gets it! Too many though, like House Republican leader Short, are still “out to lunch”, in the grip of greed, feeding off “the NRA lobby and donation gravy train”. 

The pressure is on, and the right-wing gun nuts are having real trouble defending their position. One such person, a friend of mine despite his misguided political views, said to me this morning “assault rifle is a made up word”. What? All words are made up. But everyone knows what we are talking about: saving children’s (and others’) lives because NO civilian needs a weapon which fires its clip of 30 bullets in less than 3 seconds (800 rounds a minute!)

Excerpts from the Article:

 

In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida, Delaware’s governor on Friday called for state lawmakers to ban the sale of assault-style rifles. Democratic Gov. John Carney said military-style weapons like the rifle used in the Parkland, Florida, shooting that left 17 people dead have no place in the hands of civilians.

“As we have seen in Las Vegas, Parkland, and in many other horrific incidents across our country, military-style weapons can be used to carry out catastrophic acts of violence. They have no place on the streets of our neighborhoods,” Carney said in a prepared statement.

Carney said his administration will work with lawmakers to craft legislation prohibiting the sale of such firearms. But while calling for state legislation to enact a ban, Carney also said a national approach is needed for he calls a “mortal threat” to public safety.

“President Trump and members of Congress have the authority to take responsible action nationally to reduce the toll of gun violence across our country,” Carney spokesman Jonathan Starkey explained. “Governor Carney believes they should act but won’t wait to do what is within our power here in Delaware to make our state safer.”

Seven states and the District of Columbia now have bans on assault-style weapons, including neighboring Maryland and New Jersey.

 

House Minority Leader Danny Short, a Republican from Seaford, called the proposal a “misguided effort” that will only further politically polarize Delawareans without doing anything to reduce isolated incidents of mass violence. “Whenever there is a horrendous event involving firearms and a large loss of life, there is a knee-jerk reaction to do something, anything, to fight the horror and pain,” Short said in a prepared statement. “That is an understandable human response, but it is a poor way to make meaningful public policy.”

 

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Letter to the Editor – Rock That Boat! – 2/24/18

 

Yes, the kids are making waves, and they will rock the boat. The boat of  bureaucracy and bullshit politicians! Even lifelong politician, “afraid to rock the boat” Delaware governor John Carney now gets it, calling for a statewide ban of assault rifles! Too many though, like House Republican leader Short, are still “out to lunch”, in the grip of greed, feeding off “the NRA lobby and donation gravy train”. 

The pressure is on, and the right-wing gun nuts are having real trouble defending their position. One such person, a friend of mine despite his misguided political views, said to me this morning “assault rifle is a made up word”. What? All words are made up. But everyone knows what we are talking about: saving children’s (and others’) lives because NO civilian needs a weapon which fires its clip of 30 bullets in less than 3 seconds (800 rounds a minute!)

Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover, DE 302-423-4067