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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

King Joins Clyburn

The other day, I bashed Jim Clyburn for using the Arizona incident to try to get him and his fellow politicos through TSA with less hassle.  Now I’ll bash a Republican, Peter King, for also taking the ”we are royalty” stance:

Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman’s intentions.

King is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The proposed law follows the Saturday shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and a federal judge that left six dead, including the judge, and 14 wounded.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most outspoken gun-control advocates, is backing King’s measure and is expected to put the weight of his pro-gun-control organization behind it.

I’m not happy with the gun-free zones we already have.  They do nothing to stop violent criminals who intend to break the law.  All they do is deprive the law-abiding of weapons.  They reflect the intertwining of two pieces of diseased thinking from the gun grabbers: the belief that simply passing a law magically makes things happen—as though a gun-free zone will literally repel guns from being brought near; and the belief that guns are some kind of evil talisman that cause violence all by themselves.

Would this tragedy have been prevented by a gun-free zone around Giffords?  No.

Bloomberg—the supposed conservative who wants all Americans to live in a plastic bubble—is the key here.  He has been known to rant about our nation’s “broken gun control laws”.  Yet breaking these laws even further—allowing conceal-carry, for example—has coincided with a dramatic reduction in violent crime.  I’m not saying that one causes the other (John Lott thinks so; Freakonomics disagrees).  But even the most ardent researchers has to admit the liberalizing our gun laws has not created the wave of violence that was predicted.

(There are also the practicalities of this.  If my Senator visits my home, do I have to get rid of my gun?  What if he’s driving by outside?  What if he wants to go hunting?)

But the truly offensive thing here is the designation of politicians as some kind of special protected class.  In our Republic, our leaders are afforded reasonable protections.  But we do not turn them into walking national monuments.

Some more Arizona-related thoughts below the fold:

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/11/11 at 04:09 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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