As a response to a rise in gun violence in Boston recently (a fact officials frantically tried to keep quiet before last Tuesday’s election), Mayor Thomas “Mumbles” Menino is calling for even stricter gun-control measures. He’s now even calling for stopping and searching cars crossing the state line into Massachusetts.
I realize it might be a bit rude to bring such things as FACTS to the discussion, but I’d like to ask Mayor Menino if he could dig into those crime statistics that were just so recently “unearthed” and see how many of those gun crimes were committed with legally owned and registered guns, and how many of those criminals were prosecuted under the state’s Bartley-Fox Law, which mandates prison time for using a gun in the commission of a crime.
Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books. But they don’t seem to realize two facts: 1) Laws need to be ENFORCED to be effective; and 2) especially in cases of gun control, nearly all the people who obey them are the types who would not break other laws, while those who intend to commit crimes won’t be deterred by yet another law.
But that doesn’t matter to Mumbles. In fact, nobody’s even bothered to point out to him that Boston doesn’t border any other states, so the enforcing of his wonderful idea will be foisted off to the towns and cities that do border New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island — who, I’m sure, will be just delighted to carry out Mumbles’ illegal plan to achieve his unconstitutional ends.
(Hat tip to Bruce from mASS BACKWARDS)