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By Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA
Executive Director

T

homas Jefferson-who needs no introduction
among friends, but whose love of liberty might
make him a stranger in some circles-is credited
with saying "you get the government you deserve." He
was right on one level; in a democratic system, voters
get the governments they elect.
However, in our country today-especially in
several states-Americans have become so divided on
gun control issues that where gun laws are concerned,
the only people who get the government they deserve
are those who voted it into power. I should also include
those who stay home on Election Day, content to let
others decide their fate. Too often, it's the failure of
these armchair patriots to perform their civic duty at
the polls that allows enemies of liberty to claim victory
once the votes have been counted.
However it has come about, gun owners in New
York, Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland don't
deserve having their rights violated at the hands of the
majority-elected governments in their states, as has
happened this year. It's true that gun owners are in the
minority in some states-but the Bill of Rights exists to
protect the rights of the minority against infringement
by the majority. But it remains to be seen whether the
Bill of Rights will ultimately help gun owners prevail
against the bias, anger, and ignorance of anti-gun
activists and politicians in those states.
Bias, anger and ignorance have surely driven the
push for gun control this year. Anti-gunners haven't
even attempted to offer any evidence as to how prohibiting private sales, gifts or trades of firearms could prevent another crime like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, in which the killer stole a lawfully
purchased gun after killing his own mother. Nor have
they explained why a magazine should be limited to
15 rounds in Colorado, 10 rounds in Connecticut and
Maryland, and seven rounds in New York. Or why one
kind of grip makes a rifle an "assault weapon" in New
York, but another kind of grip makes the same rifle
an "assault weapon" in Connecticut. Or why some
semi-automatic rifles should be considered "assault
weapons" if less than 30 inches long in Connecticut,
while in Maryland they are not called "assault weapons" until they're less than 29 inches long.
What, other than bias and ignorance, can explain what
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said in April, when she
tried to justify the bill that she and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy,
D-N.Y., have introduced to ban ammunition magazines

Gun owners in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland are
having their rights violated at the hands of the majority-elected
governments in their states. (From l.to r. ): Govs. Dannel Malloy,
D-Conn., Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.,
are among those violating the rights of the minority.

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