It’s hard for putative Republican Senate candidate Rep. Dan Winslow to run for the “sensible center,” as he put it today, when he advocates policies that resulted in the massacre of 20 first graders and six of their teachers 80 miles south of the state line two months ago.
GOAL, the Gun Owners’ Action League, is the “Official State Association of the National Rifle Association” in Massachusetts. It says liability insurance requirements for gun owners are a “backdoor gun grab” — an equivalent argument is that people should be allowed to drive their cars without insurance — and offers classes for would-be criminals, and others, on such subjects as “Coat pocket shooting drills,”and “Speedloader loading tactics” for snub revolvers (loaders supplied).
Massachusetts has nothing to fear from law-abiding gun owners, GOAL asserts, and as to military-grade assault weapons, “there is no real issue in the United States with these rifles in regard to crime.” Tell that to the parents of the Connecticut first graders: gunned down in 14 minutes with a legal weapon, owned by a law-abiding citizen.
As to Rep. Winslow: A+ from the local NRA:
Rep. Winslow was a leader of Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign (47 percent of Americans: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” ”You didn’t build that,” secret tax returns, and Seamus strapped to the roof). Romney and his GOP team were so opposed to the Commonwealth’s values they lost every county in the state, and 2-1 in the candidate’s home town of Belmont.
Winslow talks like the glib politician that he is. When it comes to gun safety, however, he is anything but sensible or centrist.