NEW GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION TYPICAL OVER REACTION
That said the reaction to the Giffords shooting has reinvigorated the anti gun lobby and those especially on the left who seek to regulate guns from the public and eliminate our Second Amendment Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The latest folly in this comes from Representatives from New York and surprisingly one of them is a Republican whose views are widely known and many conservatives including myself have grown to respect for his stand on many issues.
New York Congressman Peter King is a co-sponsor of legislation which out laws any fire arm within 1000 feet of any federal official. This is over reaction to its fullest because if this were to pass enforcing it would be a nightmare and it would place every citizen who legally owns a gun in a position of looking over their shoulder so to speak everywhere they go for fear of being within 1000 feet of a federal official.
I consider myself politically savvy and this piece of legislation would pose a problem for me if for nothing else but the fact that I would not recognize most federal officials in just my state alone if they if they were standing right next to me. I can easily identify my House Representative and both of my Senators and two other House District Representatives because of their familiarity with the public, namely Joe Wilson and Jim Clyburn, but a federal Judge or any other federal official in my state is someone I would fail to recognize in public.
Imagine the implications this legislation has when we travel to other states and have a concealed weapons permit, decide to go to a nice restaurant and find ourselves in the vicinity of a Congressional Representative. Will we then be required by law to leave the establishment in order to remain outside of the 1000 foot enforcement area?
This law in not only completely unenforceable but is over reaching and an over reaction to a tragic situation which involved a member of Congress. Like most gun control legislation it would only be obeyed by those who are willing to obey the law. If this piece of legislation had already been law and enforced throughout the country, it would NOT have prevented Gabrielle Giffords from being shot nor the senseless murder of six others and the wounding of 14 more.
The lunatic gunman who pulled the trigger would not have reasoned that he was within 1000 feet of Giffords and decided to leave the Safeway parking lot because he would violate a law which required him to keep his firearm 1000 feet from Giffords. He would have followed the same maniacal plan he had in his crazed mind and Giffords would still be in the hospital recovering and little Christina Green and the others would still be dead.
Limiting our access to our Representatives is not an answer either as has been suggested by many. It is our access to them that keeps their feet to the fire and our Constitutional authority over them in place. It is not a difficult task when a Representative is holding a public forum whether in a building or an open area such as a store parking lot to assign local law enforcement as protection for the Representative.
Ridiculously restrictive gun control laws have not nor ever will prevent a crazed killer from either getting a gun or attempting to use it for the purpose in which his twisted mind intends to kill or maim a federal official or a private citizen. Law enforcement protection in the public arena for Representatives has a far better opportunity for successfully protecting then any additional legislation especially one as vague and unenforceable as this current proposal of not allowing a weapon within 1000 feet of any federal official.