The “Assault Weapons” Question

By: Citizen Scribe

While on the whole Romney did fine in the debate overall, there was a moment where he fumbled what should have been a clean score regarding the Second Amendment.

During last night’s debate, this question was posed:

“Governor, if I could, the question was about these assault weapons that once were banned and are no longer banned. I know that you signed an assault weapons ban when you were in Massachusetts. Obviously with this question, you no longer do support that. Why is that, given the kind of violence we see sometimes with these mass killings? Why is it that you’ve changed your mind?”

Romney’s answer was, in my humble opinion, somewhat rambling and off target. When a clearly loaded question is offered, it is necessary to examine — and likely reject — the premise of that question, even if an answer is then offered.

Let us set aside the blatant bias in this loaded question and look at what the actual correct answer is:

1) The bill I signed in Massachusetts was not an assault weapons ban. It was a bill that corrected some problems with existing legislation, and which had been reviewed by people on both sides of the issue. It didn’t ‘ban’ anything new.

2) I will not entertain any specious legislation calculated to disarm law-abiding citizens based on fallacious terminology designed to frighten the public about personal arms, whose ownership and use is Constitutionally protected and enshrined in the Second Amendment.

As the failure of the 1994 ban demonstrated, restricting weapons from law-abiding citizens does nothing to reduce crime, and if the objective is to reduce crime, we need to work on the causes of crime, not the tools of self defense and family protection.

The more recent Heller and McDonald decisions make it clear that gun bans are a move in the wrong direction.

3) Further, my administration will not engage in any under-the-radar, false flag operations formulated to incite outrage among the public to facilitate further disarming America using the rationale that somehow our Second Amendment is “killing babies in Mexico.”

The very term, ‘Assault Weapon,’ is dishonest, being a concoction of an anti-gun activist. If we are to have an honest discussion of firearms and their appropriate uses, let us at least use real words and accurate terminology.

And I believe, if you clock that response while reading it aloud, it will come in under two minutes.


Watcher’s Council Nominations – Post Debate Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

This week’s contest is dedicated to Mitt Romney, for grace under pressure and for coming out on top in a two on one.

Council News:

This week, Right Truth, Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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