Markell Gun Measures Panned by Gun Rights Advocates

While Governor Markell received the support of his Lt. Governor Matt Denn, and Attorney General Biden, gun rights advocates panned his plan as a violation of the Delaware Constitution.
The proposals to address gun safety issues in the First State in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy drew harsh criticism from the National Rifle Association, yet they drew praise from the Delaware State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union. Markell, Denn and Biden were joined by Delaware Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lew Schiliro, members of the General Assembly, police officers and members of the faith-based community for the unveiling of the gun safety legislation at the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington. “The gun safety measures we are proposing will strengthen our ability to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them,” Markell said. “No one wants guns in the hands of people with ill intent. We must not arm those who would harm. “Instead, we must enact stronger laws to protect our communities,” he said. “Reasonable gun safety laws, improvements to school safety and increased access to mental health treatment are three ways we can do better. This package of gun safety measures is directed at individuals who might impose violence with a gun.” In a prepared statement, the NRA described the proposals as an “anti-gun agenda” pushed by Markell since he first ran for governor in 2008. “Not only is he rejecting the Supreme Court’s repeated ruling that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but his proposals directly violate Article I Section 20 of the Delaware Constitution which says, ‘A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use,'” the NRA statement said.

7 thoughts on “Markell Gun Measures Panned by Gun Rights Advocates”

  1. Whether people pan opinions matters very little. Of course they are. It is called “argument positioning”.

    If you were to say that prisoners had too much free time, it would be panned by prisoners. Of course the Tea Party members among you would jump up and say: That’s against the Constitution!

    Yawn. so of course gun advocates are going to pan anything that gets said… so what?

    They are less than 47%. They don’t matter.

  2. A lunatic can blow-up a whole classroom with a couple of sticks of dynamite. He could kill twenty six-year-olds with a baseball bat. Why are you on the left so damned stupid?

  3. Actually this argument is not between left and right. It is between the sane and insane. The insane ignore that Newtown, Aurora, and every other mass murder done with assault weapons and high capacity clips, ever happened.

    The sane agree among themselves that banning assault rifles, high capacity clips, and registering the sales of guns and imposing sanctions on those who don’t reporting weapons that get stolen, is a good way to remove some of the risk of ourselves being shot by a random crazy, while keeping the second amendment intact.

  4. Kavips
    “Actually this argument is not between left and right. It is between the sane and insane

    You’re right but we are the sane, and back the Constitution!!!

  5. Does any proposed measure by Markell prohibit any Delaware resident from owning a firearm?

    Until I see the actual draft legislation I cannot definitely answer. However, from the published information, there is no proposed legislation that would prohibit Delaware residents from owning and using firearms.

    I suppose one can debate the efficacy of the proposed bills as to whether they will result in the intended outcome but at worse, they are just more bureaucracy and regulation, the necessity of which can be debated. But there does not seem to be any infringement. Everyone will still be able to buy a gun. You may not be able to buy any kind of gun you want. RPGs, automatic weapons, Hellfire missiles and other battlefield arms may not be available for purchase. But then those weapons are probably not ideal home and personal defense weapons anyway.

  6. “A lunatic can blow-up a whole classroom with a couple of sticks of dynamite. He could kill twenty six-year-olds with a baseball bat.”

    Always good to know what’s on Rick’s mind.

    You forgot to twinkle, Rick.

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