One of the most foolish proposals being made in the wake of the shooting of 20 people in Tucson, Ariz., which killed six including a Federal judge, is one made by Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.). He plans to introduce legislation that would make it a crime to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official.
There is no reason for such a law except to put more restrictions on gun ownership in an effort to slowly legislate them out of existence.
Such a law surely would have made no difference in the Tucson shooting. If someone is so unbalanced that they would think shooting a government official is the way to achieve some goal, they are not going to pause and think about the consequences of breaking King’s proposed law.
King, who the National Rifle Association has graded a “D” on gun rights, is joined by anti-gun nut Michael Bloomberg, New York’s mayor.
Quoting Cesare Beccaria from his work Of Crime and Punishments, Thomas Jefferson once said, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
A knee-jerk reaction to the actions of a mentally deranged young man is no reason to forget this.