Monday, February 18, 2013

Cognitive Dissonance and the Liberal Mind

Very interesting piece by Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe on the failure of the 1998 Massachusetts draconian gun control law to bring about the results that the Bay State's "Best and Brightest" legislators assured the public would flow from their brave efforts:

After the 'toughest' gun law, gun crime rose

In 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic "assault" weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.
"Today, Massachusetts leads the way in cracking down on gun violence," said Republican Governor Paul Cellucci as he signed the bill into law. "It will save lives and help fight crime in our communities." Scott Harshbarger, the state's Democratic attorney general, agreed: "This vote is a victory for common sense and for the protection of our children and our neighborhoods." One of the state's leading anti-gun activists, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, joined the applause. "The new gun law," he predicted, "will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief."
It didn't. 
 Read the rest HERE

I wonder if somewhere in Massachusetts there's a Bush they can blame it all on.

Friday, February 1, 2013

R.I.P. Ed Koch....

Rest In Peace

Edward Irving Koch
December 12, 1924 – February 1, 2013

 “I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers,” ..... “Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.” 

And this is why people on my side of the political divide could like, admire and respect Ed Koch, even as we adamantly disagreed with him.