Patrick Kennedy Says Resistance to Gun Ban Is 'Insanity'At the risk of boring you non-shooters to tears, the .50 caliber rifle is no more a sniper rifle than a hand grenade is a fishing pole (Wait, maybe I shouldn't use that analogy. I hear that the strategic use of a hand grenade in a pond full of bluegill will make for a short fishing excursion.) The rifle generally weighs 35 pounds and is nothing a sniper would want to lug around. Idiots like to call rifles of all shapes and sizes sniper rifles and assault weapons and such because it makes them (both the idiots and the rifles) sound scary. Secondly, and this is critical to everyone's understanding, nobody has ever been killed by one of these rare and unique rifles. There are not that many in circulation, they are extremely expensive, and they are used only on the shooting range.
By Jeff Johnson CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy implied Tuesday that congressional colleagues who do not share his support for a failed gun ban being reintroduced in the House are mentally ill. The Rhode Island Democrat also accused lawmakers who oppose the anti-gun legislation of not caring about police safety.
... Kennedy made the comments at a Capitol Hill press conference to promote the reintroduction of the "50 Caliber Sniper Rifle Reduction Act." The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), would ban the manufacture of such rifles and severely limit the sale or transfer of existing .50 BMG rifles except for those owned by the military or civilian law enforcement agencies.
"Any policy maker who, on the one hand, says that they are for combating terrorism but, on the other hand, will not back this legislation, backed by Representative Moran, to me has a lot of explaining to do," Kennedy said "In fact, I think it would be the definition of insanity to say that."In addition to challenging his opponents' mental stability, Kennedy also questioned whether his fellow lawmakers could claim to support police while opposing the gun ban. (link)
And another thing: I don't want to go up against the good congressman when it comes to the topic of insanity. He has much more experience with the subject than I do. He is a Kennedy, after all.
But I have a suggestion for boy-Kennedy. If you're going to ban things based on the number of people that have been killed, we have to put your uncle just ahead of .50 caliber rifles. Because although the .50 caliber rifle has never been used in the commission of a crime, Ted Kennedy's cowardice has.
The score, so far, is Ted Kennedy 1; .50 caliber rifles 0.
So, if you're truly interested in supporting law enforcement, and in bringing the murderer of Mary Jo Kopechne to justice, you'll seek - no, demand - the incarceration of your uncle Teddy.
Before he kills again.
It's the sane thing to do.