Chris Sinacola’s [commentary] regarding the recent Massachusetts legislation prohibiting the sale and possession of bump stocks substitutes uninformed passion for rational analysis.
This legislation is not, as he claims, a violation of any “rule of law.” It is the law. It is also not, as claimed, a law “restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens” but one which protects the rights of those citizens, and others, from a device demonstratively capable of causing mass murder. It also does not, as claimed, cause law-abiding citizens to become “criminals.” To the contrary, it will prevent criminals from using this device to convert a legal firearm into an assault weapon.
Public safety is a hallmark responsibility of our society and a ban on bump stocks is not, Mr. Sinacola’s rant notwithstanding, an affront to either common sense or constitutional principles.
The Sun has the opportunity to be a platform for the thoughtful expression of ideas. That opportunity should not be wasted by hyperbolic editorials.
Note from the editor: Chris Sinacola is an opinion columnist, not an editorial writer; his views do not necessarily, and have never been intended to, reflect those of the Worcester Sun.
— Michael P. Angelini, Worcester