Gunning for perfection

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is usually a stalwart on national security and anti-terrorism. But, as reported and commented on at NRO by Robert Verbruggen, he has proposed a no-carry zone “within 1,000 feet of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress or judges of the Federal Judiciary.”

This from the article captures very nicely why such well-intentioned gun-control laws will fail:

…any policy will fail to prevent some acts of malice: Strict gun-control laws leave the innocent unable to protect themselves; liberal gun laws make it easy for the ill-intentioned to get guns; prohibitions against criminals’ owning guns are never 100 percent effective. Our goal should be to strike a balance between self-defense and the disarmament of criminals, without violating the Second Amendment. Measures such as King’s have a strong tendency to prevent self-defense more than they do crime, and they keep the law-abiding from exercising their gun rights — the worst balance imaginable.

Sometimes, Rep. King, the old bumper sticker has it exactly right: when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.


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