OWENS: Stupid Politicians Write Stupid Bill That Will Get People Killed

OWENS: Stupid Politicians Write Stupid Bill That Will Get People Killed

OWENS: Stupid Politicians Write Stupid Bill That Will Get People Killed

That, my friends, is what we call an “evergreen” headline.

In this instance, however, we’re talking about a law written by slow-witted politicians who feel compelled to “do something” because criminals are still acting like criminals despite existing laws that tell them that crime will be punished.

In this instance, we’re facing yet another dumb law on how fake guns must be colored so that they aren’t as easily confused with real guns, as if the criminal behavior committed with both fake a real firearms isn’t the problem.

The Massachusetts House is set to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require all imitation firearms owned, made or sold in Massachusetts be marked to distinguish them from real guns.

The bill would require replica guns to be painted a color other than black, blue, silver or aluminum and be marked with a non-removable orange stripe. There would be exceptions for antique firearms and for guns used for theater or film productions.

The point of the policy would be to help the police and the public distinguish between fake and real guns.

Norwood President Chief Bill Brooks, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, which supports the bill, said his police force last month had an incident when a replica gun was used in a robbery.

Particularly in urban areas, Brooks said there have been problems with people using fake guns in crimes and carrying them on the street. When an officer is unsure whether a gun is real or fake, Brooks said, “It puts people in jeopardy of being shot.”

The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Dan Cullinane, D-Dorchester, who did not return calls for comment. It has 20 cosponsors.

The following should open the eyes of the most clueless of people.

 

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