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AP: Differing State Laws Hurt Gun Control Effort

From a shameless Associated Press:

Officials: Maze of laws hurts gun-control efforts

By EILEEN SULLIVAN | January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a legal avenue to try to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S., thanks to the maze of gun statutes across the country and the lack of certain federal laws.

That undermines gun-control efforts in communities with tougher gun laws — and pushes advocates of tighter controls to seek a federal standard.

Gun rights proponents say enforcing all existing laws makes more sense than passing new ones.

An Associated Press analysis found that there are thousands of laws, rules and regulations at the local, county, state and federal levels.

A 2011 compilation of state gun laws by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that laws and rules vary by state, and even within states.

This is the full AP article. And it is a perfect example of advocacy masquerading as journalism. The AP is simply pushing for new federal gun laws. (And never mind the Constitution or the Second Amendment.) The AP claims that we can’t get by with just enforcing the laws already on the books, because they are too complicated.

The AP is outraged that the rules for buying guns vary from state to state. And never mind that this is precisely what the Founders wanted in our system of government.

But also notice that the AP is never outraged that the laws for ‘same-sex marriage,’ or marijuana use, or even voter ID, differ from state to state. In fact, they applaud the states for being ‘bold’ in those cases.

Also, who are the "officials" referenced in the headline? They are never mentioned in the article.

No, ‘officials’ are just put that in to give the AP’s claims more authority. In fact, there is nothing anywhere in the article to substantiate their claims. But this is what passes for journalism in our country in the 21st century.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Differing State Laws Hurt Gun Control Effort”

  1. captstubby says:

    “The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention in clear there is no room for construction and no excuse for interpolation or addition.

    ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’

    the people reserved to themselves powers over their own personal liberty, and that the legislatures are not competent to enlarge the powers of the federal government in that behalf. ”

    U.S. Supreme Court
    UNITED STATES v. SPRAGUE, 282 U.S. 716 (1931)
    282 U.S. 716

    SPRAGUE et al.
    No. 606.

  2. Petronius says:

    Here it is necessary to understand the role of the media in the Age of Obama.

    The job of the media is to praise Nerobama, advance his agenda, and to cover-up his high crimes and misdemeanors, abuses of power, blunders, mistakes, and shortcomings, and to crack down hard on anybody who dares to point out those things.

    In advancing this aim, the media must always adhere to the Liberal habit of replacing facts and thinking with emotion.

  3. yadayada says:

    “Also, who are the “officials” referenced in the headline? They are never mentioned in the article.”

    Definition of OFFICIAL (Merriam Webster)
    of·fi·cial noun \ə-ˈfi-shəl \
    1 : one who holds or is invested with an office

    as far as “journalists” are concerned, their editors all have authority and an office. therefore they are officials.

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