Peter King, the Republican from New York and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, will introduce legislation that will bar you from carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of elected officials. This follows on the heels of the Secret Service erecting free speech zones whereby dissent was quarantined away from presidential motorcade routes and elected officials. Let's examine the absurdity of King's proposal for a moment: I can buy a pellet gun that covers 1,000 feet in a second. A second.
Moreover, if I'm the type of deranged individual who comes out to the local grocery store to shoot my representative and other attendees at a meet and greet, I doubt I'd give a damn about a federal law making it an offense to come within 1,000 feet of an elected official. In point of fact, one lawfully armed individual within ten feet of Representative Giffords could have shot Jared Loughner in the head before he did attempted to lobotomize Representative Giffords with his pistol. The world would have been a better place if there had been someone there with a concealed carry permit and a pistol of their own who had the will and the skill to aim it and waste Loughner on general principle.
Thanks to Peter King's asinine bill, anyone who lawfully arms themselves while attending a political rally or event in order to have a fighting chance against a loon like Loughner will be committing a federal crime. It's time for the GOP leadership to start dealing with loons, albeit the loons in their own party. Peter King ought to be stripped of his chairmanship and railroaded to the fringe of the GOP.