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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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with 39 of the informal, paid advisers that President Obama has employed over the past two years.
The bill defines a czar as “a head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President, or similar office established by or at the direction of the President” who is appointed to a position that would otherwise require Senate confirmation.
Republicans had complained about the president’s use of czars to help advance his agenda in Congress. Specifically, the Republican Party have harped about the personal history of Van Jones, the president’s czar for “green jobs,” over past comments Jones had made about Fox News came to light. Jones eventually resigned.
Another prominent czar over the past year was Carol Browner, the president’s energy and environmental adviser. She helped head up (the lack) of efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Republicans introduced several bills to eliminate czars, and consequently Obama’s attempt at a Dictatorship, in the last Congress, but similar legislation but now has a chance of survival in the House now that the GOP serves the majority of the chamber.
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