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Tuesday
Jan112011

King Proposes More Laws- Dealth Penalty Not Sufficient?

Politicians never miss an opportunity to turn tragedy into potential votes.  In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson this Saturday, Republican Representative Peter King (N.Y.) is introducing a bill that would bar the possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain government officials. King is a rare Republican elected official serving in New York City. He smells swing votes that could get him re-elected in 2012.

Of course, passing laws to stop bad behavior simply does not work.  Loughner committed a capitol offense and faces the death penalty for his crime.  Adding five years to his punishment is going to make a difference?  A better solution would be legislation that would require the government to train and arm all elected officials and their staff members. Or simply, supply them with protection details. There are thousands of well trained ICE, oh excuse me, HSI agents sitting around doing nothing more important than busting venders for selling counterfeit t-shirts in the Super Bowl parking lot.

New laws would be ineffective in reducing gun violence in the country. Criminals by definition are law breakers.  We need to protect ourselves from the criminals not protect criminals from law abiding citizens.  Government officials can be assigned federal security details.  Protection of our government representatives in a legitimate use of federal power. Restricting the possession of firearms within the individual sovereign states is not.

We, the people, aren't afforded the luxury of the federal government supplying us with body guards.  We're on our own and the last thing we need is more federal restrictions on our second amendment rights.

Saturday
Jan082011

Jared Lee Loughner 

Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson Arizona posted a Youtube video on December 10, 2010.  Numberous news reports have identified Loughner as the gunman in the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and many others as others at a "Congress on the Corner" event in Tucson earlier today.

One of the fatalities was 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, born September 11, 2001.  She was a member of the student council at her local school and went to the event because of her interest in government. She is the granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies baseball manager Dallas Green.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that the dead included U.S. District Judge John M. Roll; Green; Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79. Judge Roll had just stopped by to see his friend Giffords after attending Mass.

Representative Giffords is married to a Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. She recited the First Amendment to the Constitution on the House Floor this week, including the right of the people to peacably assemble. She was reported shot in the head at close range and is listed in critical condition.

A Jared Lee Loughner who had a MySpace page cited Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books, according to the Huffington Post, which has been taken down. Giffords is Jewish.  Photograph of Loughner in the Arizona Daily Star

My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their family members and friends on this difficult day. At least six people have died as the result of the shooting, including a United States Disctrict Court Judge and a nine year old child.