Another newspaper op-ed recognizes the folly of Mayor Jackson's gun control
As an anti-gun politician, you know it's a bad, bad, really bad day when not just one, but two newspapers publish editorials against your latest legislative proposal on gun control.
And that is just what has happened concerning Mayor Frank Jackson's proposal to ban firearms ownership for persons under 21 years of age.
Just 3 days after the Cleveland Plain Dealer said "New gun laws wouldn't solve Cleveland's crime problem", the Cincinnati Enquirer published an op-ed by Tony Lang concurring with that opinion.
From the Enquirer editorial:
- Mayors in many U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, are fed up with innocent residents getting shot up by would-be Billy the Kids not much older than the Cleveland 12-year-old that was hit by a stray bullet.
But there are a few pesky problems with Jackson's proposal, not least of which is finding enough lawmakers to back such a ban here in NRA territory. Another is that current Ohio and Kentucky laws, which require gun buyers to be at least 18, haven't kept underage urban teens from packing heat or using it.
Mayor Jackson's proposal was nothing but a shameful attempt to distract attention from the fact that he has been impotent at dealing with the growing crime problem in his city. It is encouraging that even the newsies are beginning to understand that passing another gun control law is not suddenly going to reform the gang-bangers and crack-heads who have already proved that such laws are not a effective deterrent.