To BB or not to BB?

Red RyderIn the continuing effort to save us from teen-aged terrorists, they are now trying to outlaw sales of BB, pellet, and paint-ball guns in New York. From Newsday:

They gathered for an unusual news conference at the Nassau County Rifle and Gun Range in Uniondale, where police officers shot out glass windows, soda cans and an apple to display the power of some of the targeted weapons.

“In light of recent news events involving the hospitalization of two youngsters shot in the eye and abdomen, and massive property damage in nearby communities, I believe we have to keep these potentially dangerous weapons out of the hands of minors,” Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) said against the din of guns fired in adjoining range rooms.

A proposed law, due for committee review on April 24, would ban selling to those under 18 any pellet, BB, or paint-ball gun that shoots projectiles 350 feet per second or more.

Geez, this gun prohibition thing is going way too far. What’s next, having the Ministry of Truth remove all reference to words like “firearm” or “handgun” from our dictionaries?

7 Comments
  1. What is next is banning those evil water pistols.

    They should prohibit vice-presidents from owning hunting rifles.

  2. Daniel — haven’t they already banned squirt guns in NYC?

    LOL on the VP, tho.

  3. “…where police officers shot out glass windows, soda cans and an apple to display the power of some of the targeted weapons.”

    What- none of them shot themselves in their foot?

    “…and massive property damage in nearby communities,… ”

    Worse than when they chase vehicles through communities at 100 MPH? I mean REALLY…Massive? BB guns? There must be some kind of underground army of juvinile BB gun nerds that are giving inner city gangs with automatic weapons a run for their money.

  4. “What’s next, having the Ministry of Truth remove all reference to words like “firearm” or “handgun” from our dictionaries?”

    Stephen, we’re not that far off. A few summers ago I taught a summer “Discovery Session” for middle-school kids. The main topic of my little sessions was science and technology were I went over the conceptual physics behind some everyday gadgets.

    While preparing a discussion on TVs one of the government paid “counselors” (no science background) told me that I was not allowed to refer to electron guns. You can guess why.

  5. Chris — that’s pretty bizarre, even this day and age. I guess shotgunning beer will be out, too. I forgot, it already is in Texas bars.

  6. Maybe the ACLU will seize this opportunity and quit being selective about which Constitutional freedoms they support.

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