Westford Selectmen Withdraw Proposal To Ban Assault Weapons
WESTFORD (CBS) – 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greeted the news Wednesday night that a proposed town bylaw to restrict some assault weapons was going to be officially withdrawn.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.You know, it's funny. The article takes it upon itself to fact-check NRA President David Keene's comment that "hammers kill more people than guns" (they made sure to correct his statement to rifles only), yet they failed to properly assess the number of people at the meeting in opposition to this plan (well in excess of 7-800, easily, based on folks who were there). They also neglect to mention that this was the re-scheduled meeting, caused when the first meeting had so many people in attendance that the fire marshal had to close it down.
If you read into the article, Selectman Jeffries is whining about outside forces that helped stop this ban. What's especially ironic is that the ban was so poorly and hastily written (other bylaw changes for 2012 written in 2011 have not been discussed yet) that it could have affected people outside of Westford driving through the town (including your humble host). In his zeal to sieze upon the Newtown tragedy and make a power grab against certain firearms, he tried foisting a bill on the town that could have affected anyone in the state of Massachusetts.
And let's recap, shall we? There are only a couple hundred thousand gun owners in Massachusetts to begin with. We have an "assault weapons" ban, where collapsible stocks, flash suppressors, and bayonet lugs are already illegal. We are limited to 10 round magazines unless those magazines are 20 years old or older. We have an "Approved Firearms Roster" for handguns. We have "may issue" licensing, whereby your constitutionally enumerated right to keep and bear arms is left to the whim of the local licensing authority, who can approve - or deny - your license for any reason whatsoever.
These measures are not sufficient?
No, Selectmen Jeffries, what you saw Wednesday night was pure democracy in action. Your poorly constructed, hastily enacted proposal was roundly rejected by the people of your town and the surrounding communities that would also be affected. Gun owners in Massachusetts are tired of being treated worse than criminals. The folks that would be affected by this bylaws are only the good, honest, law-abiding folks, not the criminals and insane that might misuse them. Your proposal was fatally flawed, and you didn't enjoy having those flaws put on display for the entire state to see.
You wanted your town to be the first to pass such a bylaw, in the hopes that other towns would follow suit. Thank you for that - because now, having seen the incredible wave of opposition, it's very unlikely that other towns will attempt such poorly thought out measures. We are watching, very carefully, for other crude assaults on what are left of our Second Amendment rights, and we will attend as many town meetings as we have to, in however many cities and towns as needed, to make sure our voices are heard and our rights remain intact.
Well, "intact" is a misnomer for the Second Amendment in Massachusetts - perhaps "stopped from further infringements" would be more correct.
That is all