The other day I posted the ad you see in this clip. In that post, Mayors unite: “Keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” I said:
Nobody’s taking anyone’s Second Amendment rights away, okay? But there is such a thing as oversight and common sense. Try it sometime, Republicans.
Of course, the first Twitter response I got was from a right winger accusing me of wanting to take firearms away from our police and armed forces. No kidding, that’s what they said. Had they bothered to watch the ad or even read the blog title, they’d have realized that the topic was the problem with criminals acquiring guns, nothing more.
This is about background checks and loopholes, not the right to own firearms. This is about people like Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly lost her life at the hands of a nutcase who shot a hole in her brain because he managed to get his hands on a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol with a 33-round magazine.
As conservative Justice Antonin Scalia explained in D.C. v. Heller, respecting the Second Amendment does not mean filling every building with firearms, or eliminating concealed carry rules, or placing guns in the hands of convicted felons or the mentally ill. Sadly, far too many lawmakers have let the NRA convince them that the myth of the Second Amendment far exceeds the reality.
I was very happy to see David Gregory addressing this issue with Mayor Bloomberg. Now if only people would actually listen to what Bloomberg said instead of having irrational knee-jerk responses to non-existent threats.