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March 5, 2008

Big Guns

The State House Judiciary Committee fell short last week of managing a quorum to push forward a bill that would have banned .50-caliber machine gun rifles and ammunition. Couldn't even get a quorum... I guess that means some legislators who were supposed to show up simply didn't show up to vote, which effectively killed the provision's chances of moving forward. This bill's passage was a priority of the Honolulu Police Department, but obviously not enough excitement was generated for the elected officials to even show up, let alone vote, last Thursday. A similar bill failed to move in the Senate, probably lost in a pile of paperwork or left in a birdcage.

I don't know if I can fathom the need for such a high-powered, powerful, and deadly firearm on the shooting range or out hunting, especially one touted for its 2,000-yard accuracy, but then again I know that any attempt to revoke any type of gun gets gun advocates and 2nd Amendment proponents up in arms. And gun proponents don't like to hear people talk about taking away any of their arms. After all, it is a fundamental right assured by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; right on.

Of course, the authors decided that freedom of speech should supersede the right to bear arms when those rights were written up about 220 years ago- that's called the 1st Amendment. So the discussions will continue again some day in the legislature, and maybe the anti-.50 caliber gun proponents will leave wake up calls so elected legislators can at least do their jobs by showing up and explaining their decisions, one way or another. Think about it...

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