New York Congressman Peter King opposes gun control … except the kind that would protect him from the public. The Republican is proposing a new law that would make Peter King safer, but would do nothing for you.
King’s proposed law, which actually strikes me as a good idea, would make it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of a federally elected official (the president, vice president, members of Congress or federal judges.) The bill would expand on a current federal law making it a crime to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of a school.
Steve Benen wonders how Democrats will respond to the idea, and doubts it will go anywhere in the Republican-led House.
Dave Weigel wonders what constitutional authority King will cite in his bill in order to comply with the new tea party House rules.
Chris Moody at the Daily Caller reminds us that two House members say they plan on packing heat themselves, so … would the law grant them an exception?
But I’m wondering why Pete King is only interested in gun control when it directly relates to his own safety. See, this is king’s record on gun control:
Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufac
Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse.
Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1.
And yet, even with that record, King is rated “D” by the NRA, because he voted to close the “gun show loophole” which left that venue wide open to gun sales to nutters. Go figure.
You can certainly understand King’s strong reaction to the shooting of a colleague, and everyone in the country is praying for Gabby Giffords; while I for one believe that much stricter gun control laws are needed in this country. But that’s not the discussion we seem to be having. In fact, I doubt we’re going to have it at all.
Instead, from Mr. King, at least, what we’re getting is a double standard — it’s OK for people to carry guns into a Starbucks, but not OK to carry one near Peter King.
Related: Roger Simon on the hypocrisy of it all (including the silence from lawmakers after previous shootings, or when people started showing up to political rallies near the president, armed.)
Meanwhile, there is a Democratic gun control bill pending, but it’s probably not going anywhere either.