Mission statement:

Armed and Safe is a gun rights advocacy blog, with the mission of debunking the "logic" of the enemies of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.

I can be reached at 45superman@gmail.com.You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/45superman.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Triggers with a pulse?

A longtime nemesis of gun rights (and thus liberty) in Illinois, state Commissar Senator Dan Kotowski (whom I have discussed often) was interviewed last month by the citizen disarmament advocacy organization he once directed, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV). ICHV's website is laid out rather awkwardly, and I can't link directly to the interview, but at the moment, it's the top item here.

The interview is pretty much what one would expect ("Guns are bad, mmkay?"), but the last question sheds some light on what Kotowski apparently considers the next front in the war on the peaceable armed citizenry of Illinois.

ICHV: In your view, what should the gun control movement be focusing on in the coming years?

Sen. Kotowski: We have to think outside of the box. It's not just about focusing on owners, since the vast majority are law abiding, but making sure that the gun industry is looking out for the health and safety of children. How can we get this industry to be more accountable? That is where the battle will be waged.

In the next year or two, we have to show that there are reasonable ways to keep our kids and families safe. In Illinois, for example, we need to give the Attorney General authority to approve health and safety standards for loading indicators, drop fire tests, finger-printing recognition software, and trigger pulse standards.
So, California-style "safety" requirements, New Jersey-style "smart gun" requirements (just don't even get me started), and . . . "trigger pulse standards"? Being the generous sort, I'll give Kotowski the benefit of the doubt, and assume that he's no Carolyn "What's a barrel shroud" McCarthy, and that it was whoever at ICHV who did the interview who mistook "trigger pull standards" (meaning, presumably, that guns would be required to have triggers too heavy to fire accurately) for "trigger pulse", rather than Kotowski himself.

Still, one would think that an organization whose sole purpose is attacking gun rights would at least have learned enough about the subject of what they're trying to regulate to know that triggers don't have a pulse.


Anonymous said...

Trigger pulse? Is this part of the smart gun technology, so only live people can pull the trigger? Hey, the dead vote in Chicago, so why can't they shoot, too?

Oh, my head...

Anonymous said...

They would make more progress if they changed their policy from the "Gun Control Movement" to the "Crime Control Movement".

I would consider that a more effective use of efforts towards positive results.

In looking thru the Tribunes yearly recap on Homicides: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-homicides-chicago_02jan02,0,55475.story

I see in CPD's superintendent 4 items He blames (Actually 3 issues):

"Police Supt. Jody Weis blamed the uptick on factors such as gangs, guns, drugs and the fracturing of gang hierarchies leading to fights over turf. He also pointed to an increase in juvenile-on-juvenile crime, with more slayings of teens and young adults."

Gangs, Guns, Drugs The latter two are already illegal in Chicago Especially in the hands of "TEENS". Perhaps it's time to try another tack and go after the behavioral problem.

Mike said...

As soon as I hear the magic words "keep our children safe", I know *someone* is trying to pull something funny. Hey, how 'bout the *parents* focus on keeping their children safe? It's their job, isn't it?

These people won't be happy until they can forcibly treat *everyone* like children.

This Kotowski guy does sound an awful lot like Mr. Mackey.