Massad Ayoob brilliantly explains the gun debate. Here’s part 1.
Note the link to the filing in the story.
We talk a lot about the US Constitution, but we have our own sacred document here in Massachusetts. And our right to keep and bear arms is affirmed here as it is in the US Constitution:
Article I. All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties;
Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence.
Very interesting take by the funny and cerebral duo. Just once, I’d like to hear the little guy talk though 🙂
CNN, aka the “Clinton News Network”, has published a surprisingly even-handed analysis of the Second Amendment. Key quote:
“Well-regulated in the 18th century tended to be something like well-organized, well-armed, well-disciplined,” says Rakove. “It didn’t mean ‘regulation’ in the sense that we use it now, in that it’s not about the regulatory state.”
As you know, Article 34 proposed to strip lawful gun owners of their rights. But its proponent sought to do that via the correct and proper channel – the state legislature. Even a gun-grabber like him did not envision the AG usurping the legislature’s authority and re-writing long-established MA GL. Oh, the irony . . .
Attorney General Usurps Legislative Authority, Rewrites Gun Laws via AG “Directive”
Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Changes Gun Laws
Without any prior notice or public hearings and while the legislature is on break for national conventions the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, has issued an “Enforcement Notice” to firearm retailers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts changing the longstanding definition of so-called “Assault Weapons”.
For nearly 18 years since the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act firearm retailers, gun owners and state agencies have been operating under the same interpretation. Now, suddenly, without warning or any due process a single person with a clear political agenda decides to change the rules. All Massachusetts residents should be alarmed!
GOAL is currently trying to decipher the enforcement letter, but with as much information that it contains, it is not very clear what it means. Statements such as the following make it very convoluted: “… a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.”
Virtually every semi-automatic that utilizes a detachable magazine has the same operating system or firing mechanism, so what does this mean? The short answer is we simply don’t know. Our best advice to firearm retailers for now is to err on the side of caution. These new rules may cover a lot more than just what we might think.
GOAL is working with people and groups around the State and the nation to clarify these new interpretations and decide the best course of action. One thing is certain that this new interpretation is purely a political stunt and has nothing to do with public safety or real law.
An early draft of Article 34 infamously included the “BFG 9000” among the list of firearms to be banned. This was comical as it is a fictional device from the video game “Doom.” Its inclusion was stark evidence the drafter(s) of the article lacked practical knowledge of the subject matter. Recently the producers of the video game commissioned a model be made for promotional purposes. Perhaps we can bring it to Lexington for our community conversation?