Thursday, February 20, 2003

2 Illinois Democrats are targeting the .500 S&W Magnum for a ban. They claim it's not suitable for hunting & will become a favorite weapon of gangs. They also liken the 5 shot revolver to an "assault weapon"

"But Davis said the .50 caliber revolver, which weighs 72.5 ounces and has an overall length 15-inch has no purpose in society except to cause injury and death to humans, dismissing the manufacturer's claim that it is intended for hunting wild game."

."Currie compared the 500 Magnum to "military-style assault weapons," although she had no information to base her claims on except for a "tip" received from a reporter."

Well what do you expect from a state where carrying a weapon outside your home is illegal, & having a weapon inside your home is illegal unless you have a governmental permission slip?

Apparently I am not the only one to differ with the above quoted, legislators. Here are some letters written by hunters who disagree with their representatives.

"...the most accurate information in his article was by Illinois State House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, when she made the remark ‘I’m not a weapons expert.’
No, indeed she is not, nor is Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill), who, ignoring the merits of the S&W 500, just came out and said, ‘I think guns are made to kill people. That’s my opinion.' "

"Tell the blowhard city slickers we can make our own 500s if we want to. They would all be surprised to know how self-reliant the folks are in the neighborhoods where trouble isn't.
What a bunch of weasels. When is weasel season anyway?”

As a side note, I am impressed by Micheal L. Betsch's unbiased treatment of the story. It is typical to only hear the view of those who wish to have more gun control. Having Larry Pratt of GOA comment on the matter was refreshing to see in a news story.

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