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Excellent column by George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times this morning.

A no-brainer to everyone — except the gun lobby

Using surplus money to confiscate weapons from 20,000 people who cannot legally have them is common sense, not 'an attack on honest citizens,' as one lobbyist put it...

The gun nuts go ballistic over a totally reasonable proposal -- again.

Not much I can add, because he laid it out so well.

http://www.latimes.com/...

SACRAMENTO — Enforce the laws already on the books. Take away the criminals' weapons, not the law-abiding citizens'. Sound familiar? It's the mantra of the gun lobby.

That is, until the government actually attempts to do it. Then the lobby changes its lyrics.

It seemed surreal listening to lobbyists for gun rights groups Monday, as if the ears were playing tricks. They testified at a state Senate Budget Committee hearing in opposition to legislation that would spend $24 million in surplus money to confiscate guns possessed by people who legally aren't supposed to have them...

Originally posted to Quite Contrary on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 03:09 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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