Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is blaming "the gun lobby" for the growing opposition to his one-gun-a-month bill in the state legislature.
Governor Patrick can blame whomever he likes, but the facts speak for themselves.
Limiting the sale of firearms to law-abiding citizens is premised on the false belief that doing so reduces illegal firearms trafficking. There is no evidence to support such a claim.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the significant drop in crime that began in the mid-1990's coincided with more guns being in private possession and more restrictive gun laws being taken off the books.
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In South Carolina, one-gun-a-month was repealed (allowing for more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens) and, like the rest of the U.S., South Carolinians continue to experience a decrease in violent crime. This decrease was particularly noticeable last year when sales of firearms reached unprecedented levels.
So Gov. Patrick, we ask you to remember that the Second Amendment is a constitutional right, not a privilege. Rationing this freedom should be unacceptable to all Americans, including governors.