Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Small Signs of Hope in the War Against Guns
by Pa Rock
Representative Peter King, a Republican from New York who is the new chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, plans on introducing a bill in Congress that would limit where guns could be carried. Unfortunately, the bill being proposed by Congressman King would help to protect him and other federal government officials - the President, Vice-President, all members of Congress (House and Senate), and federal judges – but it would do squat for the rest of us. (Sort of like the government –funded health insurance for Congress that Republicans are so quick to grab for themselves, all the while fighting to keep ordinary people from having that same life-saving necessity.)
Congressman King’s bill would make it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of any official of the federal government. It is self-serving to the point of being shameless, but I support the measure anyway. At least it is movement in the right direction, no matter how minor.
Carolyn McCarthy, a Democrat who is also from New York, is proposing a bill that would limit the sale of high-capacity clips for weapons. The extended clip that Jared Lee Loughner had on his Glock semi-automatic pistol gave the weapon a total firing capability of thirty-three rounds without reloading.
The laxness of gun regulations in America is appalling, and in some areas of the country – like Arizona – criminally insane. It is time to start the process of taking our country back from the tyranny of gun manufacturers and their bastard child, the National Rifle Association. Representatives King and McCarthy deserve our thanks and support for standing up to these high-dollar bullies.