Republican House Speaker John Boehner went on record stating that he would reject gun-control legislation offered by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Representative Pete Kingsaid, in response to the weekend mass shooting in Arizona that killed six and injured more than a dozen, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
King said the legislation is not intended only for the safety of government officials but also to protect the public. He broadly stated that elected officials would feel safer in meeting federal officials at public events.
Yet, the immediate rejection of King’s legislation by Boehner states otherwise.
Even Capitol Hill’s most ardent gun reformers don’t anticipate any changes to the nation’s gun laws will be forthcoming in the 112th Congress.
Aside from King’s proposal, longtime gun-control advocates Representative Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg are working on legislation to prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines like those allegedly used by Jared Lee Loughner, the 22 year old who’s been charged in the Arizona rampage.
King’s proposal perplexed some members of Congress, who wondered how it would be implemented because members are so mobile and often encounter individuals without knowledge that a congressional event is taking place.
“I think my concern would be, how do you put a 1,000-foot bubble around a member of Congress and what are you going to do about judges and Cabinet secretaries?” asked Representative Jack Kingston . “If you get past the logistics of it, it would seem to have a ripple effect throughout the upper echelons of appointed and elected officials.”
Not only would this legislation have a ripple on the upper echelons but also on the lower dominions as well. This legislation would adversely impact everyday citizens by censoring our Second Amendment right and limit the areas in which we can carry concealed weapons.
While I understand the importance of the safety of public officials, this legislation will not deter criminals from carrying guns. The only thing it will accomplish is removing guns from the hands of law abiding citizens, such as the citizens who rushed to Representative Gabrielle Giffords aid.
Knee jerk reactions have no place in Congress and I applaud Speaker Boehner’s stance in supporting our Constitution despite safety fears.
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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee wants to ban people from carrying weapons within 1,000 feet of federal officials at public events.
Representative, Pete Kingsaid, said he would propose a bill in the coming weeks that would ban the carrying of guns within that range for the president, vice president, members of Congress and federal judges.
The announcement comes after the mass shooting in Arizona that killed six and injured more than a dozen, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
In his speech, King said the legislation was not only for the safety of government officials but also to protect the public. He said elected officials are not necessarily more important than the public but by protecting them in this way, the public would feel safer in meeting federal officials at public events.
“The fact is they do represent the people who elect them, and it’s essential if we’re going to continue to have contact that the public who are at these meetings are ensured of their own safety,” King said.
King said the legislation does not contradict views on guns.
“To have a stable society and a safe society, we have to remove illegal guns,” King continued.
New York Mayor Bloomberg said that had there been tighter restrictions on guns, the alleged shooter in the Arizona attack, Jared Lee Laughner, would not have had legal access to a weapon. I have to laugh at this logic.
Bloomberg said he did not think the restrictions in King’s legislation would hinder the First or Second Amendments.
“That does not take away the First Amendment or Second Amendment, it protects it,” Bloomberg said. ”
I disagree. What Mayor Bloomberg does not realize is that criminals are not going to obey the law. If they really want to shoot somebody, they will do it. This bill would only cause a restriction to our Second Amendment rights for law abiding citizens by limiting when we can carry concealed weapons and in what vicinity.
Imagine. 20 years from now and having to stop every 1000 ft to check in your concealed weapon because there was an “official” in the vicinity.
Not too mention that as the guns are contained, a quick check and scan to be performed to record your information and possibly track every movement. The data could be sorted and people could be categorized and traced.
The reward is not worth the risk. A few knee jerk reactions ruled from emotions is going to hinder our freedom and Second Amendment rights.
Please contact Rep. Pete Kingsaid & Mayor Bloomberg and request that they see the long term implications of what this legislation could produce and the freedoms that would be taken away.
Representative: Pete Kingsaid (202) 225-7896
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 212-NEW-YORK
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