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State Government Panel Wants Arrest to Disqualify Firearm Ownership

Written by John Odermatt on February 7, 2014

In 1998, the state of Massachusetts passed legislation with the intent to reduce violence and make the state safer. The lawmakers reasoned that a drop in violent crime could be achieved by reducing the amount of legal guns.

The 1998 gun legislation accomplished the goal of reducing the amount of gun owners in the state. In 1998 the number of gun licenses totaled 1.5 million, by 2002 that number was down to two hundred thousand. That is an 87% drop in legal gun ownership for those scoring at home.  Unfortunately, criminals did not heed the new laws (shocking!), therefore the most important aspect of the equation failed.

The Boston Globe published an article in February of last year that summarized the ineffectiveness of the 1998 gun-control law. Writer Jeff Jacoby points out that violent crime committed with and without a firearm rose between 1998 and 2012.

Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent.

The politicians in Massachusetts are charting a course that will double down on these failed policies, yet they expect a different result.

This past week a panel that consisted wholly of gun-control advocates recommended a forty-four point plan to reduce gun violence in the state. Guns.com reported on the panel’s recommendations.

A panel of specialists in Massachusetts released a report this week laying out a 44-point plan to reduce gun violence in the state, which would include enhancing school safety, expanding background checks, submitting more records to the NICS database and better defining who is considered “unsuitable” to own a firearm, such as those who have been arrested, but not necessarily convicted of a crime.

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12 thoughts on “State Government Panel Wants Arrest to Disqualify Firearm Ownership

  1. EW Johnston says:

    Wow dumb liberals – the law did not work the first time so now they want to do it again!!

  2. Life is hard, but even harder if you’re STUPID.

    The DUKE

  3. To properly identify the leaders of MASS . just drop the " M " . Of course this will apply to most citizens of that communist state as well .

  4. they are already trying to keep veterans from owning fire arms by labeling them all returning home as having mental illnesses


  6. Darrell Russell says:

    It doesn't matter how much the meddlers think that their deeds will some how curb the violence of people. What is alarming is the number of people that buy into this lie. You could have the strictest gun laws one could imagine and the criminals will still have them. This is never about safety for the people but control of the same..

  7. This issue is about disarming Americans to enable complete control by the government. The issue needs to be viewed correctly much like climate change in order to be resisted properly. How obvious is it that gun ownership reduces crime? Yet the only "facts" you''l see in the globalist media are those that fit their agenda goals.

  8. LiberalsRCommies says:

    Unfortunately, criminals did not heed the new laws………. (shocking!)

  9. redmeatstate says:

    since liberals don't trust the public with their God-given, Constitution securing rights, why don't they just declare us all incompetent, stop all elections, and elevate themselves to be our lords and masters?
    Oh, that's right. We all still have guns.

  10. Insert the definition of 'insanity': To repeat an action over & over & expecting a different outcome………….liberals are the spawn of Satan!!!

  11. If I never travel east of the Mississippi River again, it will be too damned soon!!! There must be something in the water in the northeast, particularly the New England states that causes brain damage………………..

  12. The REAL plan?

    Original plan backfired. (Enlarge government).
    Create more bureaucracy, paper work. (Enlarge government).
    Introduce 44 point plan. (Enlarge government importance).
    Plan will backfire now in 44 ways. (Enlarge government again).

    Object? Reduce importance of self-independent people and (enlarge government).