Thursday, January 27, 2011

Speaking of dumbass politicians who think they deserve

special considerations,
Defying those who assert the right to bear arms at town halls, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) Wednesday introduced strict new gun-control legislation that would bar people from taking firearms to public events attended by elected federal officials.

The bill would create a 1,000-foot gun-free zone around the event - not just around the lawmakers as King originally proposed...
I wonder if he's going to go along with that other jackass politician who wants Reps to get special consideration from TSA, too?


Phelps said...

I would like to see a concrete definition of whether this is from the center or perimeter of the event, how that center or perimeter is determined, and how the start and end of the event are determined and announced.

Oh, wait, we aren't going to do any of that? Then this is prior restraint.

DJMoore said...

As I've been saying for awhile, I look for the day when a mandatory stop on the campaign circuit is state and county fair shooting competitions. Candidate to either shoot or judge. Stump speech to be delivered before an audience whose front row consists of the winners.

I want every pol in office to remember that cute girl in the front row with the rifle she used to get her 300' blue ribbon, frowning at what he said.

Sigivald said...

No link to the text of the bill there, so I'm just guessing.

But I imagine the politicians' bodyguards can carry firearms, right?

(You'd think the lesson of the Pakistani governor killed by his own guard just recently would stick in their minds, but...)

On the plus side it'll never make it out of committee, I suspect, and would double never survive a challenge if somehow it made it into law.

Keith said...

Add in Mrs Indira Gandhi as another politician whacked by her own bodyguards

-in a largely disarmed country.

Marja said...

That school zone restriction you have sounds confusing enough. What was it, you can't carry a loaded gun near a school, so if you carry you should find out where the schools are so you don't do it by mistake (I haven't checked what the actual rule is, just read complaining about it)? I don't have any idea where the schools in my town are, except for the few I have happened to pass when the kids are out, which are the few on routes I use most often.

If you got that 'not near elected federal officials' you'd then have to keep a good eye on the news so you'd know if there happen to be any somewhere in that crowd which seems to have gathered where you usually park your car when you go shopping, right?

Firehand said...

Marja, there was a law at one time saying 'no guns within 'x' feet of a school; that's one that the courts threw out.

This 'not near a politician' crap is exactly that, and if it got through it'd be challenged on the same grounds.