So Republican Peter King is proposing the following:
King said his bill would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a thousand feet of “certain high-profile” government officials.
“It is imperative that we do all that we can to give law enforcement the tools they need to ensure the safety of New Yorkers and prevent an attack before it happens,” King said during an appearance at a Manhattan event with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who discussed ways to prevent another shooting tragedy.
On the other hand, Republican Louis Gohmert wants to do the following:
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says his office is drafting a measure to allow members of Congress to carry guns in the District of Columbia, including in the Capitol and on the House floor.
Gohmert says he and his colleagues need to be able to protect themselves, in light of the mass shooting in Arizona.
“It’d be a good thing for members of Congress who want to carry a weapon in the District,” he said. “I know friends that walk home from the Capitol. There’s no security for us,” he said, adding that the measure would deter people from attacking members. “There is some protection in having protection.”
I’m sensing a conflict here, but there is the possibility that we could call all the Republicans to the floor of the House and have them citizens arrest each other at gunpoint. And don’t worry, the Democrats and civilians will be safe in case there is an accidental shooting:
Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton, according to an aide, plans to introduce a bill that would encase the House Gallery in “a transparent and substantial material” — think Plexiglass.
Should a gun go off, the bullet won’t make it out.
There’s your new Republican majority.
*** Update ***
This is the second day in a row someone has beaten me to the punch. Damnit.