They’re burning registration forms! They’re rallying by the thousands. They’re pledging civil disobedience. They’re swearing to resist, to disobey, even if it makes them felons. They’re angry, they’re defiant, they’ve had it and they aren’t going to take it any more.
Who are they? No, they’re not 1960s draft resisters. They’re not anti-nuke activists or scruffy Occupy Wall Street protestors. Heck, chances are some of them actually work on Wall Street.
They are the gun owners of the bluest blue states. They’re the respectable men and women of the mid-Atlantic region. They’re people who have, in the past, submitted to the rules even when they didn’t like them — or at least kept their mouths shut about their non-compliance.
But not any more.
The spate of pointless blue-state legislation against “assault weapons” and standard-capacity magazines that followed the Newtown school shooting sought — as usual — to punish millions of people who didn’t commit the crime by registering or outright banning firearms that just happen to look scary to hoplophobes.
This time it didn’t work.
- In New York, where owners of “assault weapons” have until April 15 to register them, thousands burned registration paperwork instead.
- In Connecticut, the December 31, 2013 register-or-surrender deadline passed — and was resoundingly ignored by an estimated 85 percent of its intended targets. (And that’s despite the fact that, unlike New York, where it’s a misdemeanor, failure to register is a felony in Connecticut.) TheBlaze.com reported, “…officials and some lawmakers are stunned.”