Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As evidence that even people who are normally normal can do dumb things, NY Republican Peter King is reportedly planning on introducing legislation that would outlaw carrying a weapon within 1,000 feet of a government official.

Aside from pointing out the obvious that anyone wishing to attack a government official isn't going to be deterred by such a law, this proposal has the potential of make a criminal out of anyone who happened to have a gun within such a distance... and even if they didn't know there was a government official within 1,000 feet of them.

Let's imagine some scenarios...

Someone with a gun driving by a building in which there is a government official... someone with a gun watching a movie in a theater in which a government official is also watching the movie... someone with a gun filling his gas tank at a gas station at the same time a government official drives by in their car.

Good move, King. Way to show the public that you're not one of the clowns who after such an incident can't wait to rush to the podium with some cockamamie proposal to show that you care...