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The Second Amendment Under Attack In 2011

From RedState:

America is a nation in mourning as a result of the violent tragedy in Arizona last weekend.  This is an appropriate time for prayer and national healing.  This is not the time to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans to defend themselves from unbalanced individuals.

The enemies of freedom will use the Arizona tragedy to push for gun control.  streiff of Red State said it well when he argued that the left is using this tragedy for political advantage.  This is true and we have evidence that politicians are already coming up with ideas to restrain freedom in the name of security.  Expect 2011 to be a year when the opponents of the Second Amendment try to push for legislation to take away your rights to “keep and bear arms.”

Ben Keane and I wrote a piece for The Foundry, where we argued that Gun Control Is Not Proper Reaction to Arizona Tragedy.  There are two new proposals on the table.

Representative Peter King (R-NY) has one idea to create gun free bubbles around elected officials.

Representative Peter King (R-NY) was one of the first to offer up a hasty legislative reaction to the Arizona tragedy, proposing a new law that would “make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.”   While King has yet to develop specific legislative language for the bill, he asserts that such a law “would give federal, state, and local law enforcement a better chance to intercept potential gunmen before they pull the trigger.”  In the abstract, this overarching goal may play well politically and receive positive media reaction in the wake of the horrible atrocity in Tucson.  In reality, however, King’s provision is likely to prove impossible to enforce, raise a number of constitutional objections, and provide little in the way of additional protection for government officials.

Keane argues that this new idea would create a “roving 1,000-foot gun-free bubble around every so-called ‘high-profile government official.’”  This will cause practical law enforcement problems that raise constitutional issues.  How will people know when they are violating this law?  What if a Congressman goes to a gun range and others are at the range engaging in target practice?  All individual at the gun range will be subject to criminal liability.  It will also criminalize gun shows when a Member of Congress attends one.

Read the rest at RedState.

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