Quote of the day

“You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense.”

—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signing into a law the toughest gun law in the United States.

It is the sort of law America should have passed, at a minimum, after the 1989 Cleveland Schoolyard shooting. 

“Among its key provisions is one requiring the revocation or suspension of gun licenses held by people who are deemed a danger to society by mental health workers,” the L.A. Times reports. “The bill would require mental health workers to report such patients to authorities.

“The bill also expands the definition of an “assault weapon” to include semiautomatic guns with just one feature commonly associated with military weapons. Previously, the term applied to semiautomatics with two features.

“It limits magazines to seven rounds of ammunition, down from 10; enhances monitoring of ammunition sales to flag high-volume bullet buyers; expands the requirement for background checks on weapon buyers to cover private as well as commercial transactions; and requires gun licenses to be recertified every five years. Previously, in most counties, gun licenses never expired. It also increases penalties for illegal gun use and possession, and for those who use firearms against emergency responders.”

And one Congressman has already suggested impeaching Obama, while the gun nuts are hollering about armed resistance. The political power of these extremists thwarted lasting gun control after Cleveland School. Seeing their power broken at last is a balm for the soul.


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