New York Lawmaker Proposes New Defense-Free Death Zones
Laws prohibiting mass murder at penalty of death are obviously too weak.Making it illegal to be armed while within 1000 feet of a politician would have stopped this tragedy in Arizona where six people were killed and fourteen, including a U.S. Congresswoman, were wounded.
Ridiculous?Most people think so, but that is the exact logic being used by Rep. Peter King (R) of NY.He proposes a 1000 foot defense-free-zone be established around him and other lawmakers that he thinks will deter insane murderers like Jared Lee Loughner.
Jared Lee Loughner Mug Shot
ABC News reports that Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, said "People have become suspicious of the ability of laws to make a difference, and I think that when they look at shootings like this they think laws didn't stop this from happening".
For once we agree with the Brady Campaign.Making another law to disarm law abiding citizens does nothing but insure that an active shooter like Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho, or Amy Bishop are able to open fire and not be shot until they have succeeded in committing mass murder.
Clay Duke in Florida was stopped once he opened fire because the school district’s head of security, Mike Jones, has a concealed firearms license and utilized Florida’s law that allows licensed employees to keep guns locked in their cars. When Duke pulled out his gun, thankfully, he did not immediately open fire. This gave Mr. Jones time to run to his car to get his gun and return in time. Police arrived after it was all over.
One of the first responders to the attack in Tucson was a lawfully armed citizen. Joe Zamudio was at a near by pharmacy when shots rang out. He rushed toward the attack but was to far away to stop the shooter before Loughner attempted to reload and was tackled. Mr. Zamudio never drew his weapon, but insured that the person who was now holding the gun was not the shooter and helped hold Loughner until police arrived. If only a concealed carrier had been closer at hand.
Rep. King’s magical 1000 foot, no legal guns here, force field would lead to more deaths of innocent people.