February 21, 2013

“Westford Selectmen Withdraw Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons”

Wonder if Selectman Jeffries had a dream in which Paul Revere rode by his window with a pitchfork.

At any rate, a follow-up to yesterday‘s post, courtesy of RI Red:

A thunderous round of applause and a standing ovation greeted the news Wednesday night that a proposed town bylaw to restrict some assault weapons was going to be officially withdrawn.

The overwhelming majority of the close to 400 people who packed a special meeting of the Westford Board of Selectmen opposed the idea.

The man who originally proposed it told the crowd the debate had not gone as he had hoped.

Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Robert Jeffries said, “This was meant to be a discussion within the town of Westford, a community discussion that’s gotten way, way beyond that. We’re not really getting the discussion we want.”

After the meeting, Jeffries added that he had hoped he and his town would not be alone in an effort to restrict assault weapons and high-capacity firearms from the town.

“I thought there would be a [negative] reaction,” Jeffries said. “But I also thought maybe some other towns in Massachusetts might have also tried something similar and none of them did. So it left us isolated as the only ones.”

— Or, in other words, he was hoping to have a mob-like preference cascade to fall back on when the minority pointed out the rank unconstitutionality of the proposals.  It is this he laments, not the decision to introduce unconstitutional measures in the first place.

It isn’t enough to humble this guy or any other selectman who signed on to such a thing.  It’s time to get rid of them.  Or they’ll just bide their time and wait for the next opportunity to institute restrictions on your personal liberties.

Because:  it’s who they are.  It’s what they do.

I said it last week:  any elected official moving for a ban on any kind of legal activity or product enjoyed by even a minority of citizens should be run out of office on principle, preferably adorned with a fresh coat of tar and some third-hand pigeon plumage.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:27am

Comments (20)

  1. How fine a day when the headline reads: Political crisis averted — Feather pillows hit hardest.

  2. I’m reminded of the famous P.J. O’Rourke quote “Term limits aren’t enough. We need jail.” [The Liberty Manifesto (1993)].

  3. people in that town need to make ample use of “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” signage when this Jeffries fascist graces their establishments

  4. Just heard Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D- Ct.) on radio say (gisting): * Newtown massacre’s unspeakable tragedy has given us unstoppable momentum * to seize your rights, peons.

  5. For an unspeakable tragedy, these people sure do speak a lot.

  6. Beware lest they distribute the forensic photographs speaking each more than a thousand words.

  7. Evan Todd, survivor of the Columbine High shoot-out, was on teevee talking to Jenna Lee about congressional gun-grabbing today.

    He described, briefly, being held at gunpoint by Keibold and Harris. He explained how the 100s of gun laws broken by those two hadn’t stop them from doing what they did and that more laws certainly weren’t going to make a difference when it comes to whack-jobs who are hellbent on shoot outs. He said that there was a dangerous trend by lawmakers to infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights by capitalizing on the deaths of the waifs at Newtown and was therefore unconstitutional and a non-starter.

    Naturally, that is probably the last time he’ll appear on the small screen.

  8. Little know fact: Klebold wrote letter after letter and made phone call after phone call trying to defeat Colorado’s Concealed Carry right. He was particularly upset that teachers could carry.

    Columbine happened the day that legislation was set for vote.

  9. Todd’s letter to Obama.

    My favorite part:

    Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
    Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I’ve heard you ask, “why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?”

    Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

    Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating “needs?” This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose

  10. Whose side are you on?

    The answer has become obvious: they’re on the side of those with whom they most identify.

    An honest government does not disarm its honest citizens, but our government will try, and keep trying.

  11. I didn’t know that Jeff. Little know fact, fersure.

    Lee, that’s a powerful letter. O will ignore it since it doesn’t fit the narrative.

  12. Not widely publicized at the time of last month’s inauguration, but Obama parade officials ordered the bolts removed from the rifles of all soldiers marching past the president, encased in his bullet-proof reviewing stand. An insult at worst. And hardly an inspiring sign of the commander-in-chief’s trust and confidence in the military volunteers he orders into combat.

    An honest government does not disarm its honest citizens, but our government will try, and keep trying.

    This may fit here so I’ve been told.

    The two Chilean Mausers I bought have all matching serial numbers and that that makes them more valuable. There are 5 full serial numbers on each of them. Receiver, barrel, bolt handle, floorplate, stock. Now some of these parts would get mismatched when guns went to a armorer to be worked on. However the main cause of mismatching numbers on guns from some countries are the fears of the rulers.

    When the rifles were put into storage for any length of time the bolts would be removed and stored at a separate facility. This way none of the rifles would be of any use if taken by others, say in a coup or a revolution or just thieves. When the bolts and the rifles were put back together no attempt would be made to match them up as any bolt would work in any rifle. Thus some of the models have nothing completely matching.

    Chile, by having matching numbers says that their leaders never feared that circumstance happening. We now no longer have such men leading us. We have a 3rd world political class, no wonder they wish to disarm us all.

  13. “We’re not really getting the discussion we want.”

    Which, how the hell are we supposed to have a “discussion” when you people won’t shut up and take your medicine? It’s for your own good, you know.

  14. We have a 3rd world political class, no wonder they wish to disarm us all.

    So when I get bored playing Fallout, I should fire up Tropico? I can live with that.

  15. Whittle’s virtual SOTU address, on the Gun Thing.


    Whittle: 2016

  16. “Selectpersons! Potty mouths!”

  17. hairplugs unplugged

    “They say it will violate their rights under the Second Amendment. Not true!” he shouted, “They say assault weapons like the AR-15 are needed for self-protection and recreation. They are not. There’s plenty of ways you can protect yourself and recreate without an AR-15. They say it isn’t about guns. They’re wrong — it is about guns!” No Americans, he said, legitimately fear their constitutional rights will be infringed “in any way.”


  18. hairplugs unplugged

    Best. Visual. Image. Ever.

  19. There’s plenty of ways you can protect yourself

    None more effective though.

    and recreate without an AR-15.”

    About the most fun you can have by yourself, however.