Q: What has the ability to "dampen the enthusiasm for compromise"?

A: The truth.

Via Weasel Zippers.  Here's NYS Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R) being asked to be complicit in keeping a certain list secret:

What list is McLaughlin referring to?  This one, which comes as absolutely no surprise to everyone who understood what the rush to the SAFE act was really all about:

1. Confiscation of “assault weapons”
2. Confiscation of ten round clips
3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be released to the public
5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
11. State issued pistol permits
12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons

None of these amemndments was included in the final bill as passed, but what fool would think that the anti-2nd Amendment folks in NYS governement will be satisfied with less than total confiscation?

As McLaughlin pointed out in his Facebook post, "the cat is outta the bag."

And while I'm at it—to all the folks, Democrats and Republicans, who keep insisting that supporters of limited government as laid out in the US Constitution be "statesmanlike" and "bipartisan" and "compromise" I say:


You don't compromise on basic principles and in this country the Bill of Rights is as basic as it gets. When it comes to basic principles, I'll take evil "obstructionism" over surrender and capitulation any day.

To paraphrase Barry Goldwater, steadfast adherence to principle and refusal to compromise in the defense of liberty is no vice.