Mayor Bloomberg is pushing for new national gun laws that will compel states to download their mental whacko lists with the feds so as to keep nuts from owning guns. Why the mayor of a city would be wasting his taxpayers’ money by travelling to D.C. for this kind of nonsense escapes me, but Bloomberg claims this is all in response to the Tucson shootings. Well that’s just fine, Mike, but the assassin was never in the Arizona mental health system. So there would have been no record, and your proposal would not have prevented the shooting.
This is all of the same coin as NY Senator Schumer’s plan to ban anyone from carrying a weapon within a 1000′ of a federal official – it’s all show, no substance. It is already against the law to murder anyone, federal employee or not, and illegal to assault a federal official, so this guy would have been stopped by a new law barring him from bringing a handgun within (extremely long) shooting distance of a Congresswoman? Uh huh. I truly detest politicians.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: One of my two liberal readers, JRH, points out that it is conservative Peter King, Republican from Long Island, who is behind this 1000′ foot legislation. Idiots come from both parties, and Schumer is still one of them, but ….
UPDATE II: Schumer wants to have the military report all confessions of drug use by applicants. Which is just as stupid – Lochner is the only such character that I’m aware of who went on to shoot a member of Congress, and he’s presently out of action, but my point remains: we pass laws after the fact, all for the benefit of politicians who wish to appear to be “doing something”.